Gerrard apologises to Liverpool supporters after 38-second red card

The Liverpool skipper was dismissed after taking to the field against Manchester United at the start of the second half, with the Reds eventually losing 2-1.

Liverpool's narrow 2-1 defeat to rivals Manchester United on Sunday was a dramatic affair, and Steven Gerrard went on camera with Sky Sports after the game to apologise to the Anfield supporters and those in the Liverpool dressing room for the stamp on Ander Herrera that saw Martin Atkinson brandish a red card. The Liverpool skipper had been on the pitch less than a minute.

A Juan Mata double fired United into a commanding lead, with a goal in either half, before Daniel Sturridge pulled one back for the home side, with Wayne Rooney missing a late penalty for the visitors.

But the key incident was undoubtedly Gerrard's dismissal, in what may end up being his final game against the Red Devils.

A clearly disappointed Gerrard spoke to Sky Sports after the game, holding his hands up for the actions that saw Liverpool reduced to 10 men within a minute of the re-start.

"I need to accept it, the decision was right," said the Liverpool skipper.

"I've let my teammates and the manager down today, and even more importantly let all the supporters down so I take full responsibility for my actions.

"I've tried to jump his tackle and I've seen his studs and I've reacted wrong."

When asked what caused the Liverpool midfielder to react in the way he did, Gerrard was unable to really explain his actions, beyond suggesting that the tackle from Herrera had aggravated him. Instead he took another opportunity to express his remorse that his actions had cost Liverpool the chance to get back into the game with 11 men on the pitch.

"I've been in the game long enough to know that when you do something like that, especially at half time with 45 to play and a great opportunity to get back in the game," he added. "I take full responsibility for today's result."

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