Gerrard didn’t hide or duck out, he apologised for his actions and should be commended.
An in-depth feature in the Daily Telegraph has revealed just what Steven Gerrard did following his red card against Manchester United on Sunday and how he ended up apologising for the incident at full-time on Sky.
After making the hot-headed challenge on Herrera and seeing red, Gerrard first asked Liverpool officials just how many games he was set to miss once he had left the field of play.
This will be three and see him at a minimum play just five more games for the Reds, he will not be available for selection against Arsenal (A), Blackburn (A) and Newcastle (H).
The skipper then asked to be left alone in the dressing-room to gather his thoughts, away from Adam Lallana who had replaced before his 38-second appearance who was receiving treatment for an injury.
Gerrard went on to shower, put on his match-day suit and wait until the full-time whistle for the players and the boss to return to the changing room.
As the squad returned for a post-defeat debrief, Gerrard stood in the middle of the dressing room and firstly apologised to the manager and then to his teammates who his actions had so badly hamstrung and potentially caused a devastating blow to their Champions League hopes.
The article then goes on to make the point that following this Gerrard specifically asked the club what he could do for them, how he could rectify the situation, how he could make amends.
The captain went on to ask for one interview, one chance to apologise to the entire Liverpool fan base and front-up to his mistakes. Which he did and should be commended for with Geoff Shreeves on Sky Sports.
Whilst it’s hard to apportion blame to anyone other than Gerrard it was instinctive rather than malicious and he has since apologised.
One act will not tarnish a legacy.