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Steven Gerrard apologises to Liverpool after Manchester United red card

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Steven Gerrard has taken full responsibility for Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United after he was sent off just seconds after coming on.

Brendan Rodgers made the controversial decision of starting the Liverpool captain on the bench, but brought him on at half-time with Liverpool 1-0 down.

Unbelievably, Gerrard was walking back to the dressing room just 38 seconds later after referee Martin Atkinson gave him a red card.

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Little choice

Gerrard appeared to stamp of the leg of Ander Herrera leaving Atkinson with little choice but to send him off.

As captain of the team, Gerrard emerged from the dressing room shortly after the full-time whistle to speak to Sky Sports on live television.

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Apology

Asked what he made of the decision, Gerrard said: "I need to accept it. I think the decision was right. I've let my team-mates and the manger down today. Even more importantly I've let the fans down. I take full responsibility for my actions."

The tackle was out of character for Gerrard, a man of vast experience in this heated derby. Attempting to explain his thought process, Gerrard insisted he had little excuse for the stamp.

No excuses

He continued: I've tried to jump his tackle and I've seen his studs and I've reacted wrong. I've been in the game long enough to know when you do something like that [you get sent off], especially at half-time with 45 minutes to play with a great opportunity to get back in the game."

Asked what was going through his mind, he said: "I don't know. Probably just the reaction to the initial tackle but I don't really think I should say too much more on it. I've come here to apologise to everyone in the dressing room and the fans. I take full responsibility for this result."

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