Liverpool defender Martin Sktrel concedes that he considered leaving the club during the summer transfer window having found himself condemned to a place on the bench for much of the second-half of last season.

The Slovakia centre-back made just four Premier League appearances between the beginning of February and the end of the campaign, leading to speculation he could leave before the summer’s deadline.

Napoli were linked with a £10 million bid, with Skrtel the target of a reunion by former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, but he decided to remain at Anfield and fight for his place.

It is a decision that has paid dividends for the 29-year-old, with Skrtel having started 23 times in the league this term with Liverpool looking a good bet to end their Champions League wilderness.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about leaving,” Skrtel told reporters.

“It wasn’t easy for me after last season. I was on the bench in the second part of the season and that was something new for me.