Not only were his side beaten at St James' Park, a serious dent in their confidence following the emphatic win over Southampton in mid-week, he also became the joint-owner of an unwanted Liverpool record.
It was his own goal that gave Steve McClaren’s side the lead in the game, with Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot deflecting off the Slovakian and into Simon Mignolet’s goal
The Dutchman then went on to add a second late on for the hosts as they secured a vital three points and moved closer to escaping the relegation zone.
That own goal was the seventh Skrtel has conceded in his Liverpool career, taking him joint top with Reds legend Jamie Carragher for the most own goals conceded by a Liverpool player.
There is some joy for Skrtel though, as it doesn’t take him top of the Premier League own goals charts; Richard Dunne holds that record with ten to his name.
A disappointing afternoon for Liverpool and Skrtel then, who will surely be hoping to add better Liverpool records to his name after picking up this one.