Fans can’t believe what Martin Skrtel did after being knocked out playing for Slovakia

Martin Skrtel became a fan favourite during his eight years with Liverpool for many reasons beyond the conventional.

For instance, Mohamed Salah is a huge favourite at Anfield because he is a bona fide goal machine.

For Skrtel, it was all about his bravery and determination and the centre-back never gave anyone an easy game when he was on the pitch.

However, the now-Fenerbache man had a scare whilst playing for his country Slovakia on Sunday evening as they battled Thailand in a friendly.

In the 27th minute, the ball was smashed at the defender’s head from very close range and it actually knocked him out, causing him to swallow his tongue in the process.

Skrtel’s teammates attended to him immediately to pull his tongue out and help him regain consciousness.

Still, Twitter couldn’t believe what Skrtel did next – he carried on playing!

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Normally, that’s game over for any player and especially in an international friendly, you’d think the former Liverpool man would have come off. However, he would go on to play another 47 minutes before being withdrawn in the 74th minute.

Pretty crazy, right? We don’t know whether to call him brave, a warrior or stupid!

Upon leaving Anfield in 2016, the Slovakian left a heartfelt Instagram message to all Liverpool fans.

“I would like to say big thanks to all Liverpool fans around the world for the support they been showing to me and my family throughout 8 and half years!

“It was pleasure and privilege represent such a massive club as Liverpool FC. The club, city and fans will be in our hearts forever”

Skrtel would also explain why he had to leave the club and head to Turkey.

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“Eight and a half years, that’s a lot,” Skrtel said. “I wanted to change and also want a new challenge. I am thankful to all the managers I worked with at Liverpool.

“Jurgen Klopp is a wonderful person but I feel if I stayed I couldn’t have played like before. I’m a Liverpool fan from now on.

“It’d be great if we won two finals last year but these things happen. I hope they’ll win something in the future.”

At least Skrtel appears to be alright – what a brave man.