Arsenal legend Ian Wright has written in The Sun about his disappointment over Steven Gerrard’s conduct on Sunday.
The former England international midfielder was sent off just 38 seconds after his introduction into the Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield.
Gerrard came on as a half-time substitute for Liverpool, but a stamp on United midfielder Ander Herrera in the opening minute of the second half saw him get a straight red card.
It was a moment of madness from the 34-year-old, leading former Arsenal striker Wright to feel disappointed that the Liverpool legend’s potentially last competitive game against United ended in disaster.
“When Gerrard announced he was joining LA Galaxy in the summer, everyone’s thoughts turned to the prospect of winning the FA Cup on his 35th birthday in his final game,” Wright wrote in The Sun.
“Of course that dream still remains. But how sad his last meeting with the old enemy should end like this – especially if it proves a hammer blow to the Reds’ finishing in the top four.”
United were 1-0 ahead in the game when Gerrard was sent off, and the Manchester outfit capitalised on their numerical superiority to win the contest 2-1.
The dismissal of Gerrard certainly aided the Red Devils, and Liverpool fans can only wonder what the scoreline would have been had the Englishman not acted so rashly.
However, there is still time for Gerrard to ‘redeem himself’. Liverpool are very much in the race for the Premier League top four and can win the FA Cup, and the veteran midfielder needs to give his all between now and the end of the season.