After his controversial sending off in the Liverpool vs Man United game, we take a look at five moments of madness from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
Silly Steven. In what was his last Liverpool v Manchester United game, Gerrard was sent off just 38 seconds after his half time introduction. Jamie Carragher called it “a moment of madness” but as many pointed out, Gerrard has had many more “moments” before yesterday afternoon.
Here are five moments of lunacy from the Champions League and UEFA Cup winner.
5. Red card vs Everton – September 1999
In only his second Merseyside derby, a 19-year old Steven Gerrard was sent off for a high challenge on Kevin Campbell. (Seen at 2:35 below)
4. Red card vs Aston Villa – September 2001
Two years later, having established himself in the team and scoring earlier in the game, Gerrard was again shown a straight red. This time it was for a horrendous tackle on George Boateng.
(seen at 6:35 below)
3. Chelsea transfer offer – July 2005
Amid rumours of a rift between him and manager Rafael Benitez, Steven Gerrard informed Liverpool that he wanted to leave after Chelsea had bid £32m for him. This was made all the more shocking by the fact that it occurred just weeks after winning the Champions League.
“Steven has told us he will not accept our offer of an improved and extended contract because he wants to leave,” a Liverpool club statement read.
Gerrard also issued a statement which said: “This has been the hardest decision I have ever had to make.”
He added: “I fully intended to sign a new contract after the Champions League final, but the events of the past five to six weeks have changed all that.
No more than a day later, he had a change of heart:
“But I’ve gone with my heart. I’ve made a decision to stay at Liverpool and I am 100% committed to the club.”
‘Miscommunication’ regarding contract negotiations was eventually identified as the defining issue.
2. Red Card v Manchester United – January 2011
This lunge at Michael Carrick was hardly a last-ditch effort to stop a goal. This challenge in the centre of the pitch characterises how prone Steven Gerrard can be to unnecessary moments of madness. (seen at 1:07 below)
1. Stamp on Ander Herrera – March 2015
After coming on as a half-time substitute, Steven Gerrard immediately clattered Juan Mata, attempting to set the tempo for a game they were losing. He then proceeded to stamp on Ander Herrera. The stamp and resulting red card left Liverpool a man down – they lost 2-1 to leave themselves five points off a Champions League place.