Martin Skrtel completes transfer from Liverpool to Fenerbahce

Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their fourth goal of the English Premier League football match bet
Image: Martin Skrtel has left Liverpool to join Turkish club Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce have confirmed the £5m signing of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.

The 31-year-old ends an eight-and-half year spell with the Merseysiders after falling down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp last season.

The centre-back will be unveiled officially as a Fenerbahce player on Friday in a press conference after he passed a medical on Wednesday with the club announcing his arrival on their website. 

The emergence of the partnership between Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho kept Skrtel out of the starting eleven for much of the second half of the season, with the defender making just 28 appearances in all competitions last campaign.

Martin Skrtel in action for Slovakia against England at Euro 2016
Image: The centre-back captained Slovakia at Euro 2016

Skrtel joined Liverpool in 2008 from Zenit St Petersburg in a £6m deal and went on to make 320 appearances for the club in that period.

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The Slovakia international managed an impressive 18 goals from centre-back and helped Liverpool to a League Cup victory in 2012.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Maxi Rodriguez, Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrate with the trophy after victory in the Carling Cup Final
Image: Skrtel won the League Cup with Liverpool in 2012

Despite his lack of action at club level last season, Skrtel remained a crucial part of the Slovakia team that competed in Euro 2016.

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The defender captained his country and played every minute of their campaign before Slovakia were knocked out by Germany in the last-16.  

Klopp has already added to his defensive ranks with the arrival of Joel Matip from Schalke, but with Mamadou Sakho ruled out for at least another month Liverpool now have just three fit centre-backs available. 

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