Liverpool have turned down a £10million bid for defender Martin Skrtel from Napoli - now managed by former Reds boss Rafa Benitez - according to the Daily Mirror.

Brendan Rodgers is battling to hold on to the Slovakian defender, who wants to be reunited with Benitez and Reds' keeper Pepe Reina, loaned to the Italians for the season earlier this summer.

It is the latest battle for the Anfield giants after a summer spent fighting to hold on to Luis Suarez from various fronts and Daniel Agger from Barcelona and seeing some of their prime targets slip through their fingers.

Liverpool had been initially positive to Napoli's interest in the 28-year-old, who signed a new contract until 2016 last summer, and were ready to let him go on loan. The Reds moved to tie him down after his displays attracted interest from Manchester City and Zenit St Petersburg, the club Benitez bought him from in 2008.

But Skrtel is unsettled at Anfield due to him falling behind free transfer Kolo Toure in the pecking order for the opening match of the new season, where he was the the club's player of the season for 2011/12.

Last season, he started just one more Premier League game after the club's defeat by Manchester United in January.

However, he may now be needed following the news Liverpool have lost centre-back Sebastian Coates to tore cruciate ligament playing in international friendly for six months.

Coates, 22, who scored that wonder goal against QPR last season is surplus to requirements at Anfield but the injury means that he is unlikely to leave the club this summer and means Skrtel's experience will be needed.

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