Report: Liverpool defender close to sealing move to Turkish League

Report: Liverpool defender close to sealing move to Turkish League

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According to Sky Sources, Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is on the verge of completing a £5m switch to Turkish side Fenerbahce in the coming days.

The future of Skrtel at Liverpool initially hinged on the UEFA ruling on the case of Mamadou Sakho. The Frenchman was banned from football after taking a fat burner in the buildup to Liverpool’s game against Manchester United in Europa League last season.

However, after it emerged on Friday that the ruling body has dismissed its case against Sakho, it is now only a matter of time before Skrtel waves goodbye to the Anfield faithful.

Skrtel joined Liverpool from Russia side Zenit St. Petersburg in the winter transfer window of 2008.

He has made 320 appearances for Liverpool, winning the Capital One Cup in the process.

Last season wasn’t the best for Skrtel in Liverpool colors, as playing time emaciated for the Slovakian. In the 63 games that Liverpool played last season, Skrtel played in only 27 with most of his appearances coming off the bench.

In addition to the ruling of UEFA in the Mamadou Sakho case, it is the arrival of Joel Matip from Shakhtar that has paved the way for his exit.

At just 22 years of age, the Cameroonian International is a much better option for Jurgen Klopp that Skrtel.