Former Liverpool star Martin Skrtel has advised his international team-mate Milan Skriniar to snub a potential January move to his former side.
The Premier League champions are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements given the injury crisis that is threatening to undermine Jurgen Klopp’s attempts to defend the title they won so emphatically back in May.
Virgil van Dijk will miss the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury, while Joe Gomez underwent an operation to mend a knee tendon on Thursday after he suffered a major setback during a training session with England.
Joel Matip has only just returned to full fitness, while Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are both currently on the sidelines.
Klopp was forced to hand a Premier League debut to Nathaniel Phillips in last month’s win over West Ham, while teenagers Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio represent his only other options at present.
Skriniar has been in and out of Inter’s starting XI under Antonio Conte this season and has been linked with a move to Liverpool, as well as Tottenham with Jose Mourinho said to be a big fan of the imposing centre-half,
Skrtel, however, who played over 300 games for Liverpool, believes his compatriot would be better served by committing to the Serie A club.
‘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.’