Strong words from the goalkeeping great…
Bruce Grobbelaar has attempted to explain Steven Gerrard’s red card against Manchester United, explaining that while he will always be a Liverpool fan, he has been distracted by his impending move to LA Galaxy.
Speaking after the skipper was sent off after just 38 seconds on Sunday against Manchester United after coming on as a second half substitute, Grobbelaar believes Gerrard’s rush of blood to the head was caused by his impending Anfield exit.
Though Bruce could have used a better choice of words, if we’re being honest.
“Steven Gerrard wanted to stamp his authority on to the match,” he said, reports talkSPORT.
“I know that Gerrard’s heart is in Liverpool, and always will be, but his head unfortunately is in Los Angeles.
“He said himself that he takes full responsibility for what his actions were.”
However, the legendary keeper said perhaps controversially that the challenge was worthy of just a yellow card and the referee should have simply cautioned Gerrard that he was on a final warning.
“A lot of other referees would have just given a yellow and warned him to stamp it out because there were some other hefty challenges and some tackles that could’ve gone either way.”
Perhaps he’s wrong in that regard – Gerrard admitted the stamp was a moment of madness himself – but Grobbelaar’s overall point about where Gerrard is mentally is an interesting one.
Gerrard fronted up immediately afterwards, but remained mystified as to why he stamped on Ander Herrera, could it be a case of him wanting to make a lasting impact on his remaining games to such an extent that he’s overly pumped?