Martin Skrtel blasts Jurgen Klopp on Instagram and later issues apology
Liverpool defender, Martin Skrtel, who is set to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce has caused controversy by blasting Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Instagram on Wednesday.
The Slovakian defender has failed to impress the German and is not in his plans for next season. A deal for about 5 Million Euros is almost done for the 31-year-old according to the Fenerbahce president, Aziz Yildirim and it is expected that the Slovak will be announced as a Fener player next week.
Skrtel would have received a good sent off from the Liverpool fans for his eight-year service if he had stayed away from social media. Instead, he has made the Kop turn against him after he used Instagram to call current Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, a 'd***head'.
The beginning of the controversy is an Instagram post by a friend of the 31-year-old. The post was a picture of the Slovakian defender and his friend. All of this looks normal until one pays attention to the caption for the post. The caption read, '#KloppJeKKT' which translates to 'Klopp is a d***head'.
The whole saga would have ended there if the Liverpool defender had ignored the post or at least the caption, but he went on to say, "The last hashtag is Top", along with four smilies. To this, his friend replied, " Hope Jurgen won't see this". And surprisingly Skrtel again replied by saying "Hope he does".
This senseless act of the Liverpool's long-serving centre-back has caused a buzz among the Liverpool fans and they have criticized the Slovak heavily. Many of them have said that this is in not the way to leave after serving the club for eight years. The Slovak also received a lot of abuse and criticism on social media.
However, the 31-year-old centre-back again took to Instagram to apologize for the incident by saying the following:
“I am truly sorry for the situation and what was written under my name, these days, when I am very busy, I have asked my close friend to help me manage my social media profiles. He got taken 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.”
To believe the apology or not is up to the fans but there is no denial of the fact that Skrtel now has a black mark on his eight-year-old Liverpool career.