Martin Skrtel has told Jurgen Klopp he wants to leave

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It’s already obvious that it’s going to be a pretty busy summer at Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club in October and felt it was too early to make wholesale changes in the winter transfer window.

However, after having seven months to assess his squad, the German boss will no doubt know which areas he needs to strengthen and which players aren’t good enough for his side.


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One of those players that Klopp has obviously decided isn’t suitable for his team is centre-back Martin Skrtel. The Slovakian has found himself behind Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure in the pecking order and has barely featuring under the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

The 31-year-old isn’t content with a place on the bench and, according to The Telegraph, has already asked to leave the club.

The same report also states that the defender is already considering a move to Besiktas and his agent, Mithat Hails, confirmed: “Skrtel is considering a move to Turkey and he is open to the option of playing here.

“Fenerbahce made an offer last season, Besiktas want Skrtel and make no secret of this. Turkish sides have been trying to sign him for five seasons but this summer he could make the move.”

The former Zenit Saint Petersburg man has played at Anfield for nine seasons, making 319 appearances. However, since arriving in 2008 for £6.5 million, Skrtel has won just one trophy in Liverpool colours - the 2012 League Cup Final when he equalised in the match against Cardiff before they went on to win in penalties.

Central defence is a position that Klopp will need to strengthen this summer. Sakho faces a lengthy ban for a failed drugs test while Toure’s contract expires and his future is yet to be decided.

Joel Matip has already been signed by Klopp and will join the squad but, if Skrtel leaves, the club will be looking to sign at least one more centre-back.

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