By Amir Mir

Martin Skrtel has revealed he left Liverpool for a new challenge, as he believes he could not have replicated his past performances had he stayed on at the club.

Skrtel made a £5 million switch to Turkish side Fenerbache earlier on in the summer, after falling down the pecking order last season under Jurgen Klopp.

Centre-backs Mahmudou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, and new summer signings Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan were ahead of the 31-year old this season, as he left the club after eight years.

But, the Slovakian international remembered the good times at Anfield, as he stated he is now a Liverpool fan.

“Eight and a half years, that’s a lot,” said Skrtel as quoted by the Express. “I wanted to change and also want a new challenge.

“I am thankful to all the managers I worked with at Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is a wonderful person but I feel if I stayed I couldn’t have played like before.

“I’m a Liverpool fan from now on.”

The hard hitting defender made 301 appearances for the Merseyside club, but now re-joins his former manager Dick Advocaat at Fenerbache.

Skrtel picked up an English League Cup medal during his Anfield career and was instrumental in the cup final, as he scored an equalising goal before Liverpool went on to triumph on penalties over Championship side Cardiff City.

In other Liverpool transfer news, supporters react on Twitter as Mario Balotelli leaves the club on a free transfer.