Liverpool target Milan Skriniar urged by Martin Skrtel to stay put at Inter Milan where he has ‘built a great name for himself’ having previously caught the eye of Tottenham
- Milan Skriniar was the subject of heavy interest from Tottenham in the summer
- However, a move failed to materialise and Skriniar stayed put at Inter Milan
- Now Liverpool, in midst of an injury crisis, are reportedly interested in Skriniar
- Tottenham remain keen in Skriniar as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster defence
- But Martin Skrtel has urged Skriniar to continue building his reputation in Italy
Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has urged Milan Skriniar to stay put at Inter Milan amid interest from the Reds.
Liverpool have an injury crisis in central defence, with Joe Gomez joining Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines after he underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his knee following an injury during a routine training session with England.
Jurgen Klopp has only one fit centre back at his disposal in Joel Matip, and according to ESPN, Skriniar is on Liverpool’s transfer wishlist as they look to solve their defensive problems.
Inter Milan centre back Milan Skriniar has reportedly attracted interest from Liverpool
But Skrtel – who played 320 games for Liverpool between 2008 and 2016 – has told Slovakian compatriot Skriniar – who also reportedly remains a target for Tottenham – to continue building his reputation in Italy.
‘There are moments in life of every player where things go really well, but there are also moments where things don’t go as planned,’ Skrtel told Sport Aktuality, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
‘When this happens it is important for a player to react. Skriniar is going through something similar to this at Inter.
‘In recent games he has lost his role as a starter and there is more and more talk about the fact that he could leave the club. (But) he is still young and he should remain strong and fight for his recovery.
Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has urged his compatriot to remain with Inter
Jurgen Klopp has a selection headache to contend with in the heart of the Liverpool defence
‘Although there is the interest of English and Spanish clubs, the best solution for him would be to stay at Inter, where he has built a great name for himself.’
Skriniar returned to Inter’s starting line-up against Atalanta last weekend after recovering from coronavirus.
Skriniar had been the subject of heavy interest from Tottenham during the summer transfer window, and they reportedly remain keen in his services too.
Tottenham held talks with Inter over a move for Skriniar in the summer but the two clubs were far apart in their valuation of the player.
The Italian side were seeking around £52million for the centre back before Spurs pulled out of negotiations as they were unable to reach a compromise.
Fulham were also rumoured to have entered the race to sign him by launching a shock move for his signature to stave off their relegation fears, but the Whites failed to bring him to Craven Cottage and he ended up staying put.
Joe Gomez will be out for the long-term after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his knee
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