Liverpool transfer target hoping to knock England out of Euro 2024 is married to tennis ace

David Hancko with his partner, former tennis star Kristyna Pliskova
-Credit: (Image: davidhancko/INSTAGRAM)

Slovakian defender David Hancko could reunite with former manager Arne Slot at Liverpool this summer but will first focus on knocking England out of Euro 2024.

Hancko thrived under the Dutchman's guidance at Feyenoord, securing both the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup titles, following a less successful stint at Fiorentina. The 26-year-old defender has seen his career flourish later than most, but off the pitch, he's been scoring for quite some time.

That's because Hancko is married to the stunning ex-tennis pro Krystina Pliskova, who is perhaps more widely recognised as the twin sister of former world No. 1 Karolina. The pair met while Hancko was playing in Krystina's home country, Czechia, during a fruitful loan period at Sparta Prague, which eventually became permanent.

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Now retired, 32-year-old Krystina reached an impressive career-high singles ranking of world No. 35, having gained prominence alongside her sister, who was a 2021 Wimbledon finalist. The couple, who began dating just before lockdown, now share a son together.

Hancko impressed in Slovakia's surprise victory over Belgium in the Euro 2024 opener and will be tasked with silencing Harry Kane and his teammates on Sunday. Interest from Liverpool in Hancko predates Slot's arrival at Anfield, with his agent discussing his future as recently as January.

Branislav Jasurek from FairSport International told to TN. cz: "As an agency, we are in contact not only with these two clubs [Liverpool and PSG], but also with others who are looking into David's situation.

"The people at Feyenoord know that David Hancko will be sold, even in the summer, and maybe better than now. It would have to be one of the big clubs. He will certainly not go from Feyenoord Rotterdam, which is going to play in the Champions League, to a club that will play in the second half of the Premier League. It is special about David that he still wants to talk with the coach."

David Hancko and Krystina Pliskova could soon be on the move
David Hancko and Krystina Pliskova could soon be on the move -Credit:davidhancko/INSTAGRAM

Speaking on Hancko's decision-making process, Jasurek said, "We believe that in the summer he will choose and choose the best in terms of sports, just like it was with Sparta Prague, which he preferred over other teams. Likewise with Feyenoord Rotterdam, which he preferred over other and more financially lucrative offers.

"If he transfers, it will definitely be great because he will transfer to a big club. But even if he doesn't transfer, I think that David is happy in Rotterdam and nothing big will happen."

Karolina Pliskova has indicated before that she wouldn't be keen on her partner moving to England due to the climate, telling Sportovy: "It will be dealt with this summer. Probably only after the championship, but I'm not such an expert.

"I don't know if it's up for grabs, but I think he'd like to move on. Actually, we would both be happy. We'll see what will happen in the end. I'm not complaining, but there are definitely better places. For me, Spain or Italy."

Liverpool could have another card to play, alongside Slot's recent arrival, as it vies for Hancko's signature. The full-back is not just any player; he's a childhood fan of the Reds.

In an interview with Slovakian publication Aktuality, he recalled his admiration for the club, sparked by its iconic comeback in Istanbul: "It all started with the Istanbul Champions League final in 2005, which my parents allowed me to watch until the end."

He added the extra details with nostalgia, "I didn't have to go to bed even when extra time was going on. And then came [Martin Skrtel], the compatriot who donned the Liverpool shirt."

Hancko openly expressed his lifelong support, saying: "I have been a Liverpool fan ever since. I follow the English Premier League the most, so that is my dream. My role model has always been David Beckham, but I feel most for Liverpool."