Sotirios Kyrgiakos set to extend stay at Liverpool

Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Kyrgiakos was signed by former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez

Liverpool centre-back Sotirios Kyrgiakos is set to extend his stay at Anfield for a further 12 months.

Kyrgiakos is thought to have made the required number of appearances last season to trigger the option of a further year to the two-year deal he signed in August 2009.

The 31-year-old Greece international has become a cult figure with the Reds because of his rugged style.

But, he could still be sold with Liverpool set to strengthen in defence.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have confirmed the departure of a number of reserves with former captain Steve Irwin, Nikola Saric, Jason Banton, Deale Chamberlain, Alex Cooper and Sean Highdale all leaving.