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See: Martin Skrtel's heartfelt Instagram post to Liverpool fans after exit confirmed

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On Thursday, Martin Skrtel's almost nine-year affiliation with Liverpool officially came to an end as his move to Fenerbache was completed.

The veteran defender's departure was confirmed by the Anfield club who, in an article of their official website, put on record their thanks for his long service and wished him well for the future.

Emotional

And now the Slovakian has returned the favour today after posting a heartfelt message to his official Instagram account in which he offered his own thanks to the Liverpool supporters.

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Uploading an image which included a big 'Thank You' message as well as Liverpool's traditional 'You'll never walk alone' motto, the 31-year-old had a very genuine message for the Anfield faithful:

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While the 31-year-old centre-back clearly found himself surplus to requirements as Jurgen Klopp makes plans for the upcoming 2016/17 season, it certainly doesn't look like there is any ill-feeling as Skrtel heads for Turkey.

Today's post is also a far cry from the recent Instagram post from the defender himself in which the caption allegedly described Klopp as a 'd***head'. Of course, Skrtel denied having posted that message himself.

Captain's message

The good will towards the Slovakian also stretched to the club captain Jordan Henderson, who took to social media to post his own emotional message to his now former teammate.

Posting a photo to his official Instagram account of himself and Skrtel together in their Liverpool tracksuits and thumbs raised in the air, Henderson accompanied the image with the following message:

As captain of the club, Henderson's post is a nice touch and it suggests that the Slovakian - who faced off against the England midfielder during Euro 2016 - was a popular presence in the Anfield changing room.

Moving on

Moving forward, though, Henderson and Liverpool will have to find someone who can replace the experience and talent of Skrtel on the field.

Having also said goodbye to fellow veteran Kolo Toure this summer, and with youngster Joe Gomez having suffered a setback on his route back to full fitness after a knee ligament injury, there aren't exactly a lot of options at centre-back for Liverpool just now.

Indeed, only today the club has been linked with a move for Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen.

Who, if anyone, does come in to replace Skrtel will have to wait a long time before they can build up the same rapport the defender clearly had with the Liverpool supporters, however.

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