Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar's assessment of Steven Gerrard after red card

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Bruce Grobbelaar suggested Steven Gerrard's focus may be elsewhere after saying his head is in Los Angeles following a sending off against Manchester United.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar has criticised club captain Steven Gerrard suggesting that he is already thinking about life after his time at Anfield.

Gerrard announced in January that he would leave Anfield at the end of the season to play for MLS side LA Galaxy when his contract on Merseyside expires.

After a month out on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, Gerrard returned to the Liverpool side a substitute in the win over Swansea City, and started on the bench again in the defeat to Manchester United. After replacing Adam Lallana at half-time, the Reds' skipper was sent of within 40 seconds of his introduction for stamping on Ander Herrera.

Grobbelaar told TalkSport: "I know that Gerrard’s heart is in Liverpool, and always will be in Liverpool, but his head is in Los Angeles.

"As he said himself he takes full responsibility of what his actions were and a lot of other referees would have just given him a yellow and warned him and said ‘listen stamp it out' because there were some other hefty challenges and some tackles that could've gone either way."

Those kind of comments will differ from the type that Brendan Rodgers gave in his post match interviews at the weekend, where he said he wouldn't criticise his captain.

This is the latest reason that has been put forward, with former teammate Jamie Carragher suggesting Gerrard's sending off was born out of frustration at not being selected for the starting XI after his return to fitness when working on Sky Sports' coverage of the game.

But it's a big statement to question the commitment of the Liverpool captain. Even if there are inevitable distractions, his reaction after the game was full of regret, something you rarely see after someone has been given their marching orders in the game.

After he has served his suspension, if Gerrard has come across those comments, he will try and use them to spur him on to strong performances between now and the end of the season.

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