The Slovakian is set to feature for Sir Kenny Dalglish’s side in the Legends of the North encounter with Manchester United on Saturday September 24 (kick-off 3pm BST).
Centre-half Skrtel, who made 320 appearances for the Reds between 2008 and 2016, retired from professional football earlier this year but has been maintaining his fitness levels with minutes for his local amateur side in Slovakia – playing as a striker.
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Liverpoolfc.com caught up with the 37-year-old to discuss the upcoming legends contest, his retirement from the game and the club’s transformation under Jürgen Klopp. Read on for the full interview…
Martin, you’ll be back at Anfield next month for your first game with LFC Legends. How excited are you?
I’m very excited about it because it’s going to be the first time since I left Liverpool that I’m coming back to Anfield, and obviously to play again for Liverpool is going to be something special. It’s a legends game anyway but I can’t wait, to be honest.
Given this will be your first visit to Anfield in a while, how much have you missed the place?
A lot. When I was still playing football, I was so busy and didn’t have the time to come back to visit a game or something. But obviously I followed the club, followed the team, I was and still am watching every single game. When you spend almost nine years [there], the club, the team and the city is still in your heart. I missed the club, I missed the place and now finally I’m coming back. I think we can say we are coming back to [our] second home because my son was born in Liverpool and we spent nine years there. It’s always going to be our second home.