Martin Skrtel claims to have given no thought to leaving Liverpool over the summer, despite reports he fancied a move away

Skrtel told SITA: “I’m staying at Liverpool. The rumours were never as strong as it was made out.

“There has been no contact with other clubs because the Liverpool management told me that they were counting on me. That is why a transfer was never in my plans.

“I have never considered it (the United game) to be a chance to show that I deserve to stay at Liverpool. It was a big derby but, on the other hand, it was also just another league game.” (Sky Sports)

Liverpool fans will be happy to see him say this, but they are also hoping he can get back to his best