It seems Liverpool’s senior squad contract issues will never cease at present, with Martin Skrtel the latest player refusing to put pen to paper.
Earlier in the campaign both Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling had turned down new deals, with the latter still to come to an agreement with the club.
Now, the Slovakian has voiced his dissatisfaction with the terms currently on the table at Anfield in an interview with the Slovakian media agency Actualne:
“I am still waiting for the new contract.
“I think a contract like this is offered to players who are much older than me or to players who have had some health complications. But I feel good and not so old to sign this contract.
“Also I think my health is OK. The contract offered is unacceptable for me. This is the reason why I didn’t sign it.”
Fairly confident words for a centre-half who has seldom been the best on the books during his eight seasons at the club.
Yet he has received relatively little censure, especially in comparison to Sterling.
The England international has been pilloried in newspaper think pieces and radio phone-ins alike for his decision to put a £100,000-a-week contract offer to one side.
However, he has far greater reason than the Slovakian to ponder life beyond the Anfield walls, with some of the Champions League’s best clubs interested in adding him to their ranks.
Skrtel, on the other hand, does not have suitors of a similar level against whom he can play Liverpool off, nor does he have the potential to be one of the best in the world in his position in the future.
He has far less right to reason to play hard to get over a new contract with the Reds, but unlike Sterling has escaped a backlash from the media and fans for doing so.