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Martin Skrtel happy to sign new contract

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Martin Skrtel states he will wait until the summer to sign a new contract at Liverpool.

The Slovakian signed for the Reds from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008 for £6.5 million and has made over 200 appearances for the club.

Skrtel has just one year remaining on his contract and Brendan Rodgers is sweet on the idea of renewing extending the defenders deal.

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In recent weeks, headlines have been dominated by Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson, who have both stalled contact negotiations with the Merseyside club.

However, Skrtel is happy to sign a new deal with Liverpool - but will delay until the end of the season so he can fully focus on aiding his side to a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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“There was contact with the club a few months ago but at the moment I am just focusing on my game and focusing on the football and then at the end of the season we will see where we stand,” Skrtel told the Liverpool Echo.

“At the moment I am just focusing on my job and then after the season if they want then we can talk.”

Must Sign

Skrtel has been top-class for Liverpool this campaign and Rodgers should push hard for the 30-year-old to sign a new deal.

The Reds have been crying out for a leader in the heart of the defence since Jamie Carragher hung his boots up and Skrtel has recently took up the role up.

The ex-Trancin man has lead the back-four throughout the season and put in a number of colossus performances throughout the season and had great rivalries with Diego Costa and Christian Benteke.

The Merseyside club's defence is still going through a transactional period and Skrtel is a must to be in the side if Liverpool are continue to rebuild.

Contract Trouble

It hasn't been a great period to watch off the field as a Kopite.

Sterling has stirred plenty of controversy in recent weeks it has openly come to light that he is refusing a new contract of £100,000 a week at the club, which has brought great rumours that he could leave Anfield this summer.

Henderson too, who is currently earning £65,000 a week, has also halted contract negotiations, rejecting a deal worth £80,000 a week. This is something that has angered many Reds fans who feel that the former Sunderland man is being far too demanding.

Jon Flanagan has not kicked a ball for the first-team this season however he too is holding out on a better deal. The former St. Francis Xavier schoolboy is out of contract this summer and could well leave the club on a free if he does not sign a new contract.

This could well be a sign of things to come at Liverpool.

Owners, Fenway Sports Group, are all about making money out of the Merseyside club. Sure, they are happy to plough money into the Reds, but want to see a return.

One thing they are big on is keeping the wage bill down, and, this could well continue to happen in the future. 

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