Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has apologised after receiving a red card in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
Coming on as a half-time substitute, Gerrard lasted just 38 seconds on the pitch before receiving his marching orders for a stamp on Ander Herrera.
After his infamous slip against Chelsea last season, it was a hugely satisfying moment for Man United supporters and many revelled in the midfielder’s dismay.
Gerrard accepted responsibility for the dismissal and said that he had let Liverpool down.
Speaking about the incident, Gerrard said: ”I need to accept it, the decision was right. I’ve let down my team-mates and the supporters. I take full responsibility. I’ve been in the game long enough when you do something like that. I take full responsibility.
“I don’t know what caused it. I don’t know. Probably just a reaction to the initial tackle [on Juan Mata]. I shouldn’t say more about it really, I’ve just come out here to apologise to the dressing room and supporters.”
The first person Gerrard should be apologising to is Herrera who he stamped on but he doesn’t. Good going there Gerrard.
United eventually secured a crucial three points for their season thanks to a superb brace from Juan Mata.
The result will likely have lasting implications in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League, as fourth-placed United are now five points clear of Liverpool in fifth. Coupled with Gerrard’s dismissal, the victory gave United fans a perfect afternoon at Anfield.