It seems as though there has been an occasion for Martin Skrtel to don the old-timey head bandage, but Sunday's was surely the most gruesome. The veteran center-half left Olivier Giroud's boot bloodied en route to getting his head stapled back together and rejoining the action as Liverpool looked to salvage something from a match they had dominated.
His return proved critical for Brendan Rodgers' side, as his arrowed header in the sixth minute of injury time was enough to save Liverpool a goal. It was also a goal that the Slovakian defender hopes will give Liverpool the impetus to start piecing together the performances and results required to see them climb the Premier League table:
"It was a great goal and a big one for us. To get a point was reward for fighting right to the end. I am glad for myself because I've had a few chances this season but couldn't score and now I've finally scored. That goal and the performance can help turn things around because there has been a lot of criticism of us this season. I hope it will change and we'll be better in the second half of the season."
Liverpool are certainly set up to make a run over the next few weeks, with matches against Burnley, Swansea City, and Leicester City seeing them through to the new year. "Winnable" fixtures haven't meant much to Brendan Rodgers' side this season, however, and the opposition hasn't proved nearly as important as whether or not Liverpool show up on any given day. Performances have been better of late, with increased urgency going forward and an ability to retain possession in greater numbers, but zero wins in three Premier League matches has grounded any optimism created in the past two weeks.
But maybe Skrtel's goal was the catalyst for change in a season that's yet to find one, and Liverpool can finally start to realize the potential that this season promised.