Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard has revealed the names of the two people he dislikes most in English football - along with the reasons why - in his new book, My Story.
The 35-year-old, who spent 17 years playing in the Premier League with the Reds before joining Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in the summer, explains why he dislikes referee Martin Atkinson and former England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce so much.
Gerrard has no time for Pearce, according to the Guardian, because the ex-England defender overlooked him for the international captaincy before his one and only match in charge of the Three Lions, against the Netherlands in 2012.
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Pearce selected Scott Parker as his skipper and informed Gerrard of his decision in a hotel toilet just outside Watford.
But Atkinson, who sent Gerrard off after 38 seconds of his final appearance against Manchester United for a poor challenge on Ander Herrera last season, is the man who really gets under the all-action midfielder’s skin.
Gerrard disliked Atkinson more than Pearce
Gerrard, after he stamped on Herrera shortly coming on as a half-time substitute against United back in March, admitted he “didn’t like the look of [Atkinson’s] face” as the referee marched towards him.
He also wrote: “I can’t stand him,” when further discussing the match official who was in charge of the infamous Liverpool v Chelsea fixture in April 2014 - the match in which Gerrard slipped and the rest is now history.
The Guardian state that Gerrard generally avoids being critical about the majority of people he encountered during his eventful Premier League career - but Atkinson and Pearce were among the unfortunate ones.
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