By Coral Barry
Martin Skrtel returned to the Liverpool starting line-up to inspire a 3-1 defeat to Swansea on Sunday – and Reds fans did not know whether to laugh or cry.
The Slovakian wore the captain’s armband against the Swans in the absence of James Milner and Jordan Henderson and put in a skipper’s performance that will live long in the Liverpool memory.
Skrtel has been the target of endless criticism this season after a string of questionable displays in recent months and the defender did himself no favours against Swansea.
His afternoon was brilliantly summed up in the lead up to the third goal when he needlessly lunged in on Jefferson Montero, who quickly skipped by him, then missed a clearance header and finally, failed to block Andre Ayew’s shot that nestled into the bottom corner of the net.
So, with all that, how did Twitter rate his performance?
I am still baffled as to how Skrtel has remained an LFC player for this long
— J.C (@MakeUsDreamLFC5) May 1, 2016
If Skrtel somehow gets his 10 year testimonial next year, nobody will show up
— GCIIMessi (@GCIIMessi) May 1, 2016
Martin Skrtel trying to deal with the white bouncy thing. pic.twitter.com/s8JrUKb5s8
— Brenzie (@Brenzie) May 1, 2016
Funny how we always concede 3+ goals when Skrtel plays
— The Redmen (@LiamLFCButler) May 1, 2016
The Skrtel/Lucas experiment needs to end in the summer. Pastures new for both.
— Steve McVeigh (@SteveMcVeigh123) May 1, 2016
— Dimitrov Packet (@CriminalConte) May 1, 2016
Martin Skrtel being Martin Skrtel. Launching into men 30 yards from goal when there's no need.
— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) May 1, 2016
"Mr. Skrtel, as a professional football player, don't you feel bad doing these mistakes?"
"A professional what?"
— Paul (@Kolology) May 1, 2016
People who rate Skrtel and Lucas… pic.twitter.com/NWCw3wIlPu
— Ritchie (@JohnRitchie84) May 1, 2016
So what does the Liverpool faithful suggest Jurgen Klopp do with the defender?
Warning, some graphic and unlikely scenarios below.
It really is about time we fired Skrtel into the sun
— Sean Loveridge (@seanloveridge) May 1, 2016
I think the best use of Skrtel would be to cook him and feed him to Caulker to keep him happy in the Melwood basement
— Indigo (@IndigoLFC) May 1, 2016
If I were another manager I wouldn't take Skrtel for a packet of crisps, on a 5 crisp p/week contract.
— James Clarke (@ScrappyJhim) May 1, 2016
Maybe if we switch Skrtel on and off again he might work
— kate (@philcuteinho) May 1, 2016
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