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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel admits he nearly left the club last summer but he is happy to have stayed at Anfield.
In Brendan Rodgers’ first season at Liverpool, Skrtel struggled to secure a first-team spot, making 25 appearances in the Premier League and seven in the Europa League.
The 29-year-old wanted more first-team opportunities and clubs across Europe were interested in his signature, including Napoli and Zenit St Petersburg.
Skrtel’s decision to stay with Liverpool appears to have paid off as he has featured heavily this campaign, scoring four goals this season and admits he is happy at present.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about leaving,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“It wasn’t easy for me after last season. I was on the bench in the second part of the season, and that was something new for me. But it is not easy to leave a club like Liverpool because they are still one of the best clubs in the world. After six years here, it was not easy to say ‘okay, I’m leaving’.
“Before this season started I just said to myself ‘I will fight and work very hard to try to show people I am able to play and start the games’.
“After games like Saturday’s (5-1 win against Arsenal), I am just so glad and so happy that I stayed.
“Liverpool are a massive club and I just wanted to prove to people I am able to play for this club.”