Liverpool FC captain apologises for red card against Manchester United
Steven Gerrard accepts responsibility for 2-1 defeat on Sunday
March 23rd, 2015
Manchester United are in pole position to play Champions League football next season after a typically eventful clash against Liverpool on Sunday.
The Red Devils were good value for their 2-1 win which saw Juan Mata score twice for the visitors, with Daniel Sturridge’s late reply merely a consolation for a Liverpool side who are now five points behind in the race for a top four spot.
However, that was only half the story, with Steven Gerrard recording the fastest red card in the history of the Premier League after coming off the bench at half-time only to be dismissed for stamping on Ander Herrera.
It was a clear red card and Gerrard was left apologising after the final whistle, with the midfielder taking responsibility for his team’s defeat after his moment of madness.
“I’ve got to accept it. The decision was right,” said Gerrard, having chosen to apologise through Sky television. “I’ve let my team-mates and manager down and more importantly I’ve let all the supporters down.
“I take full responsibility for my actions. I think I’ve tried to jump his tackle and I’ve reacted when I’ve seen his studs showing. But I’ve been in the game long enough to know when you do that with 45 minutes to play and a great opportunity to get back into the game – I take full responsibility.”
“It is big of someone when they do get sent off to come out and apologise,” the Liverpool manager said. “He was probably frustrated watching us in the first half as we didn’t make a tackle. He was man enough to come out and apologise. Our game was set up to come out and press but we were too deep and we handed over control way too easily.
“We were never in the right position. In the second half the players showed why we have been on a great run with their character and resilience. We were still in it right to the end. The first half cost us more than the second.”