Gerrard facing fresh controversy

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could again become embroiled in a row about trial by television after appearing to strike Michael Brown on the back of the head in Monday night's 4-1 win over Portsmouth at Anfield.

With a quarter of the match to go Gerrard and Brown chased a ball towards the penalty area but, as the Pompey midfielder tried to hold off the England international, Gerrard seemed to hit his opponent with his forearm.

Referee Stuart Attwell was only a few yards from the incident but took no action against the Liverpool captain, while Reds manager Rafael Benitez is confident the player does not have a case to answer.

"I don't think so," said the Spaniard when asked if he was worried about retrospective action against his captain. "I haven't seen it but I was asking and I think it was nothing."

Benitez also played down his immediate substitution of Gerrard, adding: "We were thinking of changing (Fernando) Torres, Glen Johnson and Gerrard and we did it."

Only a week ago, Gerrard found himself in a similar situation for an alleged V-sign made at referee Andre Marriner in the defeat at Wigan.

That went no further as the official said he had seen the incident at the time and decided it did not warrant any action, but Attwell will almost certainly be asked to look at this incident again by the Football Association.

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant said he also did not see the incident but felt referee Stuart Attwell should have spotted it.

"I didn't see it. I will speak with Michael Brown and then I will tell you," he said.

"They told me the referee was four metres away from this so I think the referee needs to see from four metres what I didn't from 40 metres," he said.

"Personally I like Steven Gerrard. I think he is a good player and a fair player."

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