Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard ‘let everyone down’ in final game against Manchester United

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (second left) is shown the red card by referee Martin Atkinson
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (second left) is shown the red card by referee Martin Atkinson
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Steven Gerrard has apologised for his dramatic red card at Anfield, saying he had let his “team-mates, manager and supporters down”.

The Liverpool captain lasted 43 seconds of his side’s clash with bitter rivals Manchester United - his last against the Red Devils before he heads to Major League Soccer - as he saw red for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

It meant an immediate return to the dressing rooms for the half-time substitute and he had no excuses afterwards.

Speaking to Sky Sports 1 in the immediate aftermath of a game his side lost 2-1, Gerrard said: “I need to accept it, the decision was right, I have let my team-mates and manager down today, even more importantly I let all the supporters down and I take full responsibility for my action.

“I tried to jump his tackle, I saw his studs and I reacted wrong. I’ve been in the game long enough to know when you do something like that, especially at the timing of the game, at half-time with 45 to play, a great opportunity to get back in the game, I take full responsibility for it.”

Asked what caused his anger to boil over, Gerrard added: “I don’t know. Probably, just the reaction to the initial tackle, I don’t think I should say too much more on it, I came to speak to apologise to everyone in the dressing room, all the supporters, all the players because I take full responsibility for today’s result.”