Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season have taken a huge blow.
Brendan Rodgers’s side headed into the Premier League clash at Anfield against Manchester United this afternoon as favourites, but they lost 2-1.
One of major talking points of the match was the dismissal of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard in the opening minute of the second half.
The former England international midfielder came on as a substitute at half time, but he was sent off just seconds later for a stamp on United star Ander Herrera.
United were 1-0 ahead at that stage, and soon after Gerrard’s sending-off, they doubled their lead, thanks to former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata’s second goal of the match.
Although Daniel Sturridge halved the deficit in the 69th minute, Liverpool failed to stage a comeback.
After Gerrard’s dismissal, a number of current and former players and well-known footballing figures took to social networking site Twitter to have their say.
Below are the best reactions:
Refs had a bad day yesterday - but you have to say Martin Atkinson got that spot on.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) March 22, 2015
WOW card! Big call from the ref!!!!! Back in the day it’s a yellow card. Red card nowadays.. Advantage Man U.— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) March 22, 2015
"Cannot believe what I've seen there from gerrard , frustration, stupidity what was he thin"... See reaction at http://t.co/In3z0P1aDj— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) March 22, 2015
"Correct decision to send him off Steven Gerrard!"... See reaction at http://t.co/a36R8ivm03— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) March 22, 2015