Former Liverpool player Martin Skrtel has been left fuming at “fake” quotes that circulated of him slamming ex-rival Manchester United.
The Slovakian was part of the Istanbul Basaksehir side that pulled off a 2-1 win over the Red Devils in the Champions League.
It has piled pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his side have now lost two consecutive games in their worst start to a Premier League campaign for seven years.
And it was believed that the 35-year-old, who spent nine years playing at Anfield, had laid into his former rivals.
He was reported as saying after the win: “It’s our first win in the Champions League ever, we wish we could play Manchester United every week.”
But the defender has now hit back at those comments, saying that he was not even approached after the win in Turkey.
Writing on his Instagram channel, Skrtel said: “Just to make it clear!
“This sentence which is going around social networks, it’s something I never said!
“Had not (done) interviews after the game and all kind of news like this are fake!
“I do respect every opponent and I’m experienced enough to know that something like this is not right and I would never do it!”
Skrtel made 320 appearances for the Reds over nine seasons, only coming away from him time there with a League Cup winners medal.
But former team-mate Peter Crouch has explained why the centre-back was a “nightmare” opponent.
The Englishman said: “Off the pitch, he was a really quiet lad, good-natured, but he was totally different in a match.
“I played against him once for England against Slovakia at Wembley in March 2009. He had this habit of putting his studs into your thigh to gain elevation when he was jumping for the ball.
“The first time, you can shake it off, the second time is annoying — the third time, it drives you mad.
“‘F***ing hell, Martin!’ I shouted at him when enough was enough. ‘Oh, Crouchie! Sorry, I didn't see you!’
“Martin knew what he was doing putting his feet into my legs, as the referee wouldn't see the foul. My thighs were cut to pieces when I came off.
“A lovely lad, but an absolute nuisance!”
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