By Coral Barry

Martin Skrtel was sent off in extra-time as Liverpool Under-21s crashed out of the Premier League Cup on Wednesday night – and Twitter thought it was hilarious.

The Slovakian defender has not featured for the senior team since the end of December and stepped up his comeback with a run-out for the youth side against West Ham in the semi-final of the competition.

Liverpool’s young guns lost 3-2 to exit the tournament despite having first team stars Skrtel and Jon Flanagan among their starters.

A furious Skrtel was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence with his team 2-1 down, and watched from the sidelines as Liverpool first equalised to make it 2-2 and then conceded a late goal to lose the match.

Twitter could not decide which was more funny, the fact that 31-year-old Skrtel was appearing at under-21s level or that he had just made his route back to the senior squad even more difficult.

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Skrtel is usually one of the first names on the Liverpool team sheet in the Premier League.

But the defender faces a fight for his place after such a long period out, especially with the increasingly solid centre-back alliance formed by Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho.

Some Liverpool fans even reckon it could spell the end of his Anfield career after his dismissal.

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In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp is wary of the experience of Louis Van Gaal ahead of the European showdown on Thursday.