Skrtel lays into Klopp on Instagram - and then issues grovelling apology
By Alex Taylor
Martin Skrtel has apologised to Jurgen Klopp after calling the Liverpool manager a “d**head” on Instagram.
A picture of the Liverpool defender alongside his friend was posted on Instagram along with seven hashtags – the final one being Slovak for “Klopp is a d**khead”.
Via his official Instagram account, Skrtel replied to the picture with, “last hashtag is top”.
His friend replied to Skrtel’s comment with: ‘hope Jurgen won’t see it’, while Skrtel followed up with: ‘Hope he does’.
Following the incident, the 31-year-old returned to Instgram to apologise and claim he did not personally direct the offensive term towards his manager.
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“I am truly very sorry for the situation and for what was written under my name,” said the Slovakia international. “These days, when I am very busy I have asked my close friend to help me manage my social media profiles.
“He got carried away and he did not realise how serious the comments may appear. I would like to stress that the opinion he expressed is not my opinion.”
A photo posted by Martin Skrtel official (@martin37skrtel) on Jun 29, 2016 at 9:47am PDT
The centre-back has found his first team opportunities limited this season after featuring in just 22 Premier League games and could be heading towards the Anfield exit door this summer.
Football Insider reported on Wednesday that Skrtel is on the verge of signing for Turkish side Fenerbahce after a £5million fee was agreed.
The timing of the social media gaffe suggests quite strongly that the Slovakia international does not expect to be at Anfield next season.
Klopp has already signed Sadio Mane, Loris Karius, Marko Grujic and Joel Matip this summer.