Gerrard stamp could cost Liverpool Champions League place, says Savage

Steven Gerrard In 2014

The Liverpool captains red card against United could come back to haunt him and his side says the pundit.

Steven Gerrard’s red card against Manchester United could end up costing Liverpool a Champions League place, according to Robbie Savage in the Mirror.

The Liverpool captain was shown a straight red card in the crucial game on Sunday afternoon, just 38 seconds after coming on as a second half substitute, making it even harder for his side in the process.

The Reds were already 2-0 down courtesy of two goals from Juan Mata, although a goal from Daniel Sturridge did give his side a chance of winning an unlikely point, something which may have been easier to do with Gerrard on the pitch.

Now, Savage says that the legendary midfielder’s moment of madness could come back to haunt his side come the end of the season.

“Steven Gerrard’s red card for stamping on Manchester United’s Ander Herrera could cost Liverpool a Champions League place,” said Savage.

“We will never know what might have happened if Gerrard had stayed on the pitch in a game their 10-men ended up losing 2-1, but my guess is that he will set sail for America with massive regrets if Liverpool miss out on a top-four finish by one point.”

The former England captain apologized for the incident after the game, coming in for praise for doing so. However, he failed to apologise to United midfielder Herrera, who was the receiver of the stamp.

Regardless of that apology, Savage says Gerrard’s stamp cannot be treated more leniently than that of Diego Costa’s earlier in the season as both are as bad as the other.

“I’m not having it that Gerrard’s stamp can be treated more leniently because he was decent enough to apologise for doing it,” he added.

“You have to be even-handed about these things – one stamp on an opponent is as bad as another. It’s about the offence, not the reputation of the player who commits it.”

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