Skrtel not impressed with bench role at Liverpool
For the first time in his Liverpool career, Martin Skrtel has found himself relegated to the bench under boss Brendan Rodgers in recent weeks. The Slovak is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, but he does not appear confident of regaining his place.
"I have to wait, what else can I do?" he told Denik Sport.
"When I was healthy, I was training with the team, giving 100 per cent and doing all I could to prove to the coach that I belonged in the starting XI. I was waiting for a chance, one then came in St Petersburg, but then I was not playing again. However, now I'm injured and we'll see what happens when I'm back fit.
"It's hard to tell, but I would say it wouldn't (change). The coach has his ideas about the line-up and the question is if I would be in it if I was fit. I would say it's likelier I wouldn't. The most important thing for me is to recover as soon as possible and resume training."
Skrtel has been linked with a move, including possibly back to Russia with former club Zenit St Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkala reported as admirers.
"It would be useless to think about a transfer during the season even if it is true that you can move to Russia till the end of February," he said.
"I have come across such views that it would not be correct to consider leaving a club where you have been on the bench in four or five fixtures. On the other hand, it is hard to put up with it. For three years at Liverpool I was playing in almost every match and even in the national team I have played a lot of games. I have had various thoughts but certainly I'm not going to make any hot-blooded decision.
"I repeat this - I want to be fit as soon as possible and fight for the place in the starting line-up.
"If the coach should lose interest in keeping me in his team, then we would have to handle it with my agent. For the present it is valid that I am at Liverpool where I have a long-term contract and I am not thinking about leaving."