Martin Skrtel was renowned for scoring a certain type of goal during his Liverpool career: own goals.
On December 6, 2015, the Slovakian joined Jamie Carragher in second place on the all-time Premier League own goals list when he put the ball past Simon Mignolet in a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.
It was his seventh own goal in the league. He managed four in the entire 2013-14 league season, a record that is likely to stand for some time.
Skrtel scored 18 at the right end in his nine seasons at Anfield. Two per season is certainly not going to get people mentioning him in the same sentence as Sergio Ramos, who already has 10 this season for Real Madrid.
But can Ramos say that he’s scored from nearly 30 yards out after a quality solo run? Skrtel can.
The 32-year-old, who signed for Fenerbahce last summer, left Twitter stunned with his goal for Fenerbahce in their 3-2 defeat to Konyaspor yesterday evening.
When most centre-backs receive the ball inside their own half, they very often look for a simple pass or go long.
Not Skrtel. He advanced into Konyaspor’s half and we can only imagine that once he started, he thought ‘why stop’.
Konyaspor’s players looked equally confused by what was happening. Watch their defending in the video below - it’s clear that they all expected Skrtel to pass eventually.
But he didn’t and soon found himself within shooting range. He left fly and, helped by some questionable goalkeeping, the ball found its way into the bottom corner.
Video: Skrtel's amazing goal
Twitter couldn't believe it
The reaction on Twitter was one of pure disbelief.
It wasn't a good night for Fenerbahce
Skrtel’s goal made it 1-1 but Fenerbahce couldn’t push on and fell to a surprise defeat, Riad Bajic and Omer Sahiner netting for Konyaspor.
There was more misery for the hosts when Fernandao went off injured with a horrific arm injury. Click HERE to watch it.
As for Skrtel, teams certainly won’t be backing off him in future.
Liverpool fans: How do you reflect on Skrtel's career in England? Let us know in the comments section below!
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