Steven Gerrard could have got Ander Herrera sent off

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Liverpool hero John Aldridge has suggested that Steven Gerrard could have got Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera sent off in last Sunday's clash at Anfiled.

Writing for the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge, who starred at Anfield in the late 1980's, has admitted that Gerrard's red card was deserved, but the club's captain should have been 'cuter' when Herrera first made a challenge on him. 

Ultimately Herrera was shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson, whilst Gerrard was dismissed for stamping on the Spaniard under a minute after taking to the field as a second half substitute. 

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Bad decision

And Aldridge certainly feels Gerrard could have handled the entire situation differently, as he claimed: "What can I say about Steven Gerrard's red card?

"Well, firstly, that it was entirely deserved. Maybe in my day you'd get away with leaving your foot in like that – I know a few players who did, on more than one occasion! - but you simply can't do it now. It was a cast-iron red card.

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"I actually thought Steven could have been a little cuter in that incident. Ander Herrera had flown into a tackle and not got near the ball. I think Stevie could have left his leg there, taken a little hit and maybe got the United man sent off himself."


And Aldridge has admitted that the incident was a moment of madness, insisting that the skipper would have been devastated having to watch the remainder of the game from within the club's dressing room. 

"Instead, he produced a moment of madness, which has cost both him and his side. He will have been devastated walking off that pitch, and watching the second half from the dressing room."

The biggest mistake

Perhaps, though, Gerrard's biggest mistake of all was making it public so early on that he was set to leave Merseyside for the US at the end of the campaign. 

If he had stayed quiet and insisted that he was going to make a decision at the end of the season, the pressure upon his final games as a Liverpool player wouldn't have taken its toll on him. 

Of course, he's desperate to bow out on a high, but maybe he'd have taken a great deal of the limelight away from himself if he hadn't made things so public. The pressure to end his Liverpool career on a high seems to be getting to him. 

Liverpool fans: Do you agree? Could Gerrard have got Herrera a red card? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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