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Skrtel and Ibe leave the club for a combined 20million

fenerbahce and Bournemouth have both announced the signings of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and winger Jordon Ibe for a combined fee of 20million.

Skrtel is a vastly experienced centre back who made 319 appearances for the club after he was signed from Russian club Zenit St Petursburg for a fee of 5million.

Skrtel leaves the club after 8 successful years

Skrtel leaves the club after 8 successful years

The Slovakian international had been at the club for 8 years and scored a impressive 18 goals in his time at Liverpool.

The 31 year old had fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool last season under Jurgen Klopp as he built up a partnership between Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, with veteran defender Kolo Toure being utilised before Skrtel was.

It’s sad to see a player go after such a long time at the club and many memory’s but clearly now the time is right Skrtel to leave the club after a number of high profile errors in the last few seasons.

Jordan Ibe has also left the club after showing so much promise last season he has also fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.

The 20 year old made 58 appearances for the club with all four of his goals coming last season, but only one coming in the Premier League. Ibe made his Liverpool debut at just 17 years old and a game against QPR three years ago and hasn’t capped off on his potential that he once had.

Ibe leaves the club after not fulfilling his potential

Ibe leaves the club after not fulfilling his potential

A fee of 15million represents fantastic business by the Reds as he is a player that hasn’t proven himself in the Premier League as of yet and for him and Bournemouth it is a good move as he will get first team football as well as giving Bournemouth the chance at attempting to fulfil his talent that he has at just 20 years old.

Ibe fallen down the pecking order under Klopp like Skrtel did as he was the only senior winger at the club and still wasn’t able to get into a team that was struggling for width, with Mane’s signing this further pushed him to the exit door.

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Liverpool 1-0 Olympiacos-Player Ratings-Liverpool claim narrow first win in International Champions Cup

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones   7.2

Did not put a foot wrong in goal for Liverpool, although he did not have a lot to do. Looked comfortable for set pieces and made a important save in the last couple of minutes to deny Olympiacos a goal.

Defenders

Glen Johnson   5.9

Johnson was Liverpool’s worst defender on the pitch. He constantly gave the ball away in dangerous areas and would not get back down the pitch for his defensive duties when going forward. Johnson did nothing to please Liverpool fans who want Johnson out of the team for the coming season.

Martin Kelly   6.2

Looked comfortable at the back and passed the ball very well while in danger. Got forward a couple of times, but looks more assured in his defensive job. Kelly performed better than Johnson when he was on the pitch, making Liverpool a lot tighter at the back.

Martin Skrtel     8.8-Man Of The Match

Skrtel was superb at the back for Liverpool today and showed manager Brendan Rodgers that he remains Liverpool’s best defender. Skrtel made a number of key interceptions in the game to stop certain goals and looked comfortable while on the ball. Skrtel was dominant in the air winning every header, proving that Lovren should partner Skrtel at the back for Liverpool this season.

Skrtel was impressive at the back

Skrtel was impressive at the back

Kolo Toure       7.3

Toure Came under fire a lot from Liverpool fans last season after a number of costly errors, but put in a comfortable showing for Liverpool in this game. Toure is currently Liverpool fifth choice defender showing they have a vast number of defensive options if needed.

Sebastion Coates   7.0

Coates put in another comfortable showing for Liverpool but it currently way behind in the pecking order for the Reds. Looked solid in the air and showed he is a solid defender that could put him in the shop window for clubs that are interested.

Jose Enrique     7.2

Enrique looks to have recovered from the injury that plagued him last season after another impressive first half showing here. Made some critical interceptions and tackles and got forward when he needed to.

Jack Robinson   6.7

Robinson got forward a number of times but lacks a final ball that will make him a better player, which will hopefully come with experience. Comfortable in defence but was vulnerable when he galloped forward too many times.

Midfielders

Steven Gerrard   8.1

Gerrard showed all of his experience in this game and does not look like he needs pre-season to prepare himself for the coming season. Controlled the tempo of the Liverpool play and made a delightful pass to Sturridge in the build-up to the goal. Made some great tackles and passes in the game and showed why he is such an important player to Liverpool for the coming season.

Gerrard controlled the tempo of Liverpool's play

Gerrard controlled the tempo of Liverpool’s play

Emre Can     7.4

Can only played 45 minutes but looked impressive during the time he was on the pitch. Can showed he’s got good pace and strength to succeed in the Premier League.

Emre Can did not look out of place in Liverpool first team

Emre Can did not look out of place in Liverpool first team

Jordan Henderson     7.8

Henderson played the full 90 minutes and showed what an engine he has. Ran all day and showed great link-up play with his fellow midfield players and forwards. Henderson will be a key player for Liverpool this season with his engine and work effort being pivotal to the Liverpool cause.

Lucas Leiva         6.3

Lucas has a point to prove to Rodgers to prove he should be in Liverpool’s first team plans, but on the basis of this performance Liverpool have better options. Gave away a number of needless free-kicks, which he consistently does, and did not look good on the ball.

Joe Allen           6.2

Allen had a very similar performance to Lucas and ultimately failed to impress once again. Allen gave away the ball a number of times, with one of them very nearly costly. The Welshman could not get his passing together and ended a number of Liverpool attacks.

Lazar Markovic   7.5

Markovic made an impressive debut and gave glimpses of what he is about. Markovic was at his best when running at defenders and had a decent chance but curled it over the bar. The Serbian showed Rodgers he could be a key player this season after showing good signs here.

Markovic looked lively on debut

Markovic looked lively on debut

Raheem Sterling   8.2

Sterling scored the only goal of the game and showed great instinct and finishing to get into the position and finish it off. Sterling looked lively all game and was always on the move. With the departure of Suarez then Sterling could be in for a big season this year.

Sterling scored the only goal of the game

Sterling scored the only goal of the game

Coutinho             7.4

Coutinho looked good on the ball and always looked dangerous on the ball. The Brazilian looks more dangerous when playing in a more central position but still threatened from the wing. Coutinho made a number of superb passes and linked up well with the forward players.

Jordan Ibe           6.3

Ibe did not get to many minutes to make his mark on the game but looked lively. Ibe made a number of good runs and put in Joe Allen for a great chance at the end of the game after a superb run and pass.

Forwards

Daniel Sturridge       6.8

Sturridge had a very quiet game in front of goal but showed goo link up with the midfielders. The England international scuffed a shot that deflected to Sterling for the goal but did not have the chance to get around the box as he would have liked.

Rickie Lambert   6.5

Lambert came on in the closing minutes off the game but held the ball well up front to take the pressure of the defenders.

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Dispelling the myth that Liverpool need new centre-backs

It is widely regarded by many fans that Liverpool need new centre-backs in the team to tighten up at that back, but this couldn’t be any more inaccurate.

On paper Liverpool have three or four top centre-backs already in Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure, as well as two other centre-backs that spent last season on loan in Tiago Ilori and Sebastian Coates who both could have bright futures in the game ahead of them.

Fans, including myself, have criticised Kolo Toure’s performances at times this season, and rightly so, but he is Liverpool’s fourth choice centre-back and if our other defenders had stayed fit he would not have gotten as many games as he did last season. In terms of depth in these positions we have it perfectly, not even Manchester City have four well rounded defenders that can make the jump into the first team.

Kolo Toure had a nightmare season, but he is 4th choice

Kolo Toure had a nightmare season, but he is 4th choice.

People can slate our defenders at times but when you consider the amount of changes we have had to make in our back four, due to injuries or loss of form, any team will suffer from this. Our first defensive partnership off the season was Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel, who played superbly in our opening two 1-0 wins of the season, until Toure got injured. Skrtel has since partnered all three of our other centre-backs this season and for a team challenging for the title you need a steady partnership, look at Chelsea with Cahill and Terry, Arsenal with Koscielny and Mertesacker and Manchester City with Kompany and Demichellis, for most part of the season, all these teams have had a great partnership at the back, which comes with more game time played together.

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Skrtel praises Reds collective effort

Martin Skrtel praised Liverpool’s collective effort to pick up all three points in a hard thought 3-2 victory over Norwich City.

Liverpool raced into a two goal lead thanks for goals from Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling, Gary Hooper pulled a goal back for the Canaries before Sterling scored his second to give Liverpool their two goal advantage back.

Robert Snodgrass scored in the 77th minute to set up a tense finish to the match, but Liverpool came through the game and went 5 points clear at the top of the table.

Speaking to his official website, Skrtel reflected: “We have three very precious points.

“The first half was really good, we were dominant, scored two goals and also kept them at bay, but the second half was different.

“They played really well and never gave up. We didn’t play that well in the second half but we fought very hard and we won. It was a collective effort.

“Now we have one week to get ready for Chelsea and obviously everyone knows what a game that is.”

 

 

 

 

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Skrtel’s agent hints at move to Napoli

Martin Skrtel’s Liverpool future will be decided next week with his agent flying in for talks with Liverpool.

Speculation has been rife about the Slovakian’s future since he was replaced by Jamie Carragher at the turn of the year, after a number of disappointing displays at the back.

He has been heavily linked with a move to Napoli, with former reds boss Rafael Benitez recently appointed as new boss. Benitez signed Skrtel in January 2008 for a fee of 6.5million from Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg and has since gone on to make 151 appearances for Liverpool as well as being Liverpool’s player of the year in the 2011-12 campaign.

Skrtel’s agent Karol Csonto did not dismiss the idea of the 28-year-old moving to Napoli but insisted they will talk to Liverpool first.

“There has been no contact between the two clubs. Martin has a contract with Liverpool and it is important to honour that,” he said.

“Obviously Napoli know Martin well, but there cannot be any contact between us and them if they do not first reach an agreement with Liverpool.

“Between Martin Skrtel and Rafa Benitez is a professional relationship that has gone on from the years they spent together at Liverpool.

“(Napoli midfielder) Marek Hamsik and Skrtel are very good friends and they met last week.

“The midfielder requested information from Martin about Benitez, while Skrtel has asked questions about Napoli.

“But I think that if Napoli want to take Skrtel, they should first talk to Liverpool.

“I will be in England next week to talk with Liverpool and define Martin’s future.”

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