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Rodgers aiming to keep Skrtel at Anfield

“Unfortunately there is always that rumour, speculation and gossip and until the window closes that will continue,” said the new Liverpool boss.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers in Toronto this weekend.
Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers in Toronto this weekend.
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BRENDAN RODGERS SAYS he will fight to keep Martin Skrtel at Liverpool, after the player claimed he has attracted interest from other clubs.

Rodgers considers Skrtel an important part of his plans at Anfield and is understandably eager to keep the 27-year-old at the club.

However, Skrtel, who was voted as the club’s player of the season last term, has been quoted in the Slovakian media claiming Liverpool have received “a number of offers” for his services, with Manchester City, Juventus and AC Milan reportedly making discreet enquires.

“No. I’ve heard nothing from any other club,” Rodgers told the Daily Telegraph. ”Martin has been fantastic and seems happy and contented. He fits into my plans and ideas. I will fight as hard as I can to keep the players that I want here and he is one of them.

“Unfortunately there is always that rumour, speculation and gossip and until the window closes that will continue.”

Luis Suarez is another player at Anfield whose future at the club has been subject to speculation, but the Liverpool boss has confirmed informal talks with the Uruguay international have left him confident the striker will still be on Merseyside next season.

“I’m confident he is really looking forward to playing for us this season and is really looking forward to this way of football,” Rodgers said. ”I have spoken to him and had nothing but positivity from him. He is obviously at the Olympics and I wish him well, but I will wish him better when he comes back.”

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