Martin Skrtel gives thumbs up after he was stretchered off during Liverpool-Blackburn [Tweets]

The quarter-final FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Blackburn featured a lengthy stoppage in the early minutes of the match.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel fell awkwardly and was down for over five minutes receiving treatment.

Skrtel, the Slovakian hardman, presumably does not go down for little or no reason, so the concern was pretty genuine for the Liverpool defender.

In the end, Skrtel was stretchered off the pitch, with his arms held aloft from the stretcher in an image that immediately went viral on social media.

Skrtel has been one of Liverpool’s key players this season and a mainstay in the back three that Brendan Rodgers has employed in recent months.

The Slovakian was replaced by Kolo Toure on 11 minutes played against Blackburn.

Liverpool’s next match is at Swansea next Monday as Brendan Rodgers’ side push for a top four finish.

See the best of the reaction to Martin Skrtel’s injury on the Tweets below.

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