Skrtel ends future doubts

Centre-back signs new long-term deal and wants to be Anfield legend

Martin Skrtel: The centre-back thinks he plays with some of the best players in the world

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Martin Skrtel has ended any speculation about his future by signing a new long-term contract at Liverpool.

The centre-back was a summer transfer target of defending Premier League champions Manchester City but he has snubbed a possible move to the Etihad Stadium.

Instead, Skrtel, who on Saturday gave away a penalty as Brendan Rodgers began his league campaign as Liverpool boss with a demoralising 3-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion, wants to focus on becoming an Anfield legend.

"I'm happy because I am a part of one of the biggest clubs in the world," Skrtel told the club's official website.

"I have been here almost four-and-a-half years and I have enjoyed that time here - myself and also my family. So there were no questions about whether to stay or to leave"

Martin Skrtel

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"After last season there was a lot of talk about my future but I have to say that the first priority for me was always to sign a new deal with Liverpool.

"For me it's a great thing to play for Liverpool. I am proud to play for Liverpool with these great players - probably some of the best players in the world.

History

"I hope I can create history at this club and that the fans will always remember me - that's my target for the future."

Skrtel was in January 2008 signed from Zenit St Petersburg and has made 175 appearances for the Reds in that time.

"I have been here almost four-and-a-half years and I have enjoyed that time here - myself and also my family," he said. "So there were no questions about whether to stay or to leave.

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"A lot of things have changed, a new manager has come. I think we can start to make history and I want to be a part of that history.

"We have our target. For this season it is the top four and I hope we can do it. Then we will see.

"I think Brendan Rodgers showed his quality with Swansea and now he's carrying on doing that at Liverpool. He's showed he's a great manager and I hope we can play better football than we did in the last seasons and I hope we can get our target."