Liverpool defender ready for shock exit

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Martin Skrtel is ready to drop a bombshell and tell Liverpool he wants to leave the club in the summer, according to

The former Zenit St. Petersburg defender joined the cub in 2008 and has since made over 170 appearances for the Reds, forming an impressive partnership at the heart of defence with Daniel Agger.

However the Slovakian international is said to be desperate to play Champions League football, something Liverpool cannot offer for a third consecutive season.

The Reds go into the final game of the season tomorrow requiring rivals Everton to slip up in order to secure seventh place, with their hopes of securing the top four finish that would allow them to qualify for the tournament long since gone. reports that Skrtel has become disillusioned with the lack of progress made at Anfield despite the significant outlay over the past 18 months in the transfer market by the club’s American owners.

The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his current contract which he signed in 2010, but is reportedly keen to move on in order to challenge for honours at a higher level.

Liverpool took home the League Cup in February but missed out in the FA Cup final to Chelsea, while they currently sit 34 points off current league leaders Manchester City in 8th place in the Premier League.

Speaking yesterday, manager Kenny Dalglish insisted that there will be no departures in the summer, aside from Fabio Aurelio, whose contract is soon to expire.

“We're not looking to move anybody out,” he told reporters.

"The only one that will be moving out will be Fabio [Aurelio], because his contract's up, but we'll not be looking to move anybody out so all we want to do is to add to the squad that we've had and see what happens from there.

"The transfer market brings up surprises. What the surprises are going to be, I'm not clairvoyant, I can't help you but I'm just saying that we're not actively looking to move anybody on."

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