Steven Gerrard has said sorry to Brendan Rodgers, his team-mates and the Liverpool support for his crazy stamp which earned him a red card in their defeat to Manchester United today.
The Anfield captain was a half-time substitute in the Premier League clash – but lasted just 45 seconds as he was dismissed for the foul on Ander Herrera.
It came after a thunderous tackle on Juan Mata just seconds before and he insists it was a reaction to Herrera’s challenge too.
Gerrard spoke immediately after the final whistle to the Sky Sports TV cameras and admits he let the club down.
The decision was right. I’ve let my team-mates and my manager down today and, even more importantly, I’ve let all the supporters down so I take full responsibility for my action.
I’ve tried to jump his tackle when I’ve seen his studs and reacted wrong.
I’ve been in the game long enough to know that when you do something like that, especially in the timing of the game, at half-time with 45 to play and with a great opportunity to get back into the game, I take full responsibility for it.
Asked what was going through his head in the incident, Gerrard said:
I don’t know, probably just the reaction to the initial tackle.
I don’t really think I should say too much more on it really. I’ve come here to speak now just to apologise to everyone in the dressing room and all the supporters all over the place because I take full responsibility for today’s result.