Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was forced to have staples in his head last night after receiving a boot on the bonce from Olivier Giroud during his side's 2-2 draw with Arsenal yesterday.
The centre-back took what looked to be a heavy blow to the head in the second half at Anfield yesterday as Giroud's tried to hurdle over him, but after receiving treatment from Liverpool's medical staff yesterday was allowed to continue.
The Reds were grateful to have Skrtel on the pitch in the dying minutes of the game as the 30-year-old cropped up in Arsenal's box to head home a late equaliser. The man who treated him on the pitch, Liverpool physio Chris Morgan, revealed the severity of the cut afterwards, tweeting that it was: 'biggest cut I've been involved in dealing with!!' and adding: 'Only Crouchy versus Sheff U in '07 comes close and he had to come off.'
After the game Skrtel took to Instagram to reveal the full extent of the damage of the collision with his French opponent. Along with a collage of images, the Liverpool defender wrote: "Dissapoiting [sic] with the result but happy to scored that late goal and helped the team to get at least the point!"
The point against Arsenal was the bare minimum Liverpool deserved after a much-improved performance, however they remain vulnerable at the back. Philippe Coutinho had given his side a deserved lead in the first half, but a lapse in concentration at the back allowed Mathieu Debuchy to level things up just before the break.
Liverpool still looked stronger in the second half yet the fell behind thanks to some static defending as Giroud slotted home from inside the box. Not long afterwards Skrtel took his blow to the head, and it was that stoppage which helped contribute to the nine minutes added on at the end.
Arsenal, in an attempt to protect their lead, dropped deep and invited Liverpool on - and with time running out Skrtel took full advantage to seal a much needed point in what is proving to be a difficult season.
The defender has the battle scars to show for his efforts yesterday, but his late strike will be more than enough to make up for that.