Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar has claimed that Steven Gerrard‘s head is already in Los Angeles ahead of his summer move to MLS with LA Galaxy after the midfielder’s red card against Manchester United on Sunday cost his team three points.
Gerrard was brought on at halftime, replacing Adam Lallana, but his time on the pitch lasted just 38 seconds before he was sent off for a stamp on Ander Herrera.
It was the sixth time Gerrard has been shown a red card in the Premier League and was the quickest sending off in the top flight since 2007.
“He wanted to stamp his authority on the game when he came on in the second-half,” Grobbelaar told talkSPORT with a hint of irony.
“I know that Gerrard’s heart is in Liverpool, and always will be, but his head is in Los Angeles.”
“He said himself that he takes full responsibility for what his actions were. 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.”
It was a moment the Liverpool captain will want to forget quickly but if Liverpool fail to finish in the top four this season, many will highlight his moment of madness as the deciding factor.
A win against United on Sunday would have put Liverpool above their rivals into fourth but they are now five points behind in the race for Champions League football next season.Embed from Getty Images
Gerrard won’t be around for that as he is set to move to Major League Soccer with the LA Galaxy in July and talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham wouldn’t ever start the Anfield legend again.
“Unfortunately for arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever player, he proved on Sunday that Brendan Rodgers has made the correct decision to cut him loose from Anfield at the end of this season,” Durham said in his Daily Mail column.
“I’d be surprised if Gerrard ever makes the Liverpool starting line up ever again, and any substitute appearances will surely only be to give the fans a wave goodbye.”