Steven Gerrard admits ‘madness’ of Ander Herrera tackle

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Steven Gerrard has described the moment he was sent off against Liverpool for his stamp on Manchester United's Ander Herrera last year after he felt ‘his studs sink into his flesh.’

The Daily Mail are currently serialising Gerrard’s latest book, and the former-Liverpool captain has used some pretty vivid imagery to detail that moment from last season.

Gerrard entered the field against Manchester United as a second-half substitute - but lasted just 38 seconds after he was sent off for reacting to a tackle from United’s midfielder Herrera.

As Gerrard describes: “The game restarted, I went in hard with a fair, but slamming tackle on Juan Mata. I cleaned out Mata, who went flying, and I won the ball.

“I was involved again, immediately, as Ander Herrera came hurtling towards me to shut down space. I was too quick for him. I completed a simple pass as Herrera came flying in with his sliding tackle.

“His right leg stretched out invitingly on the Anfield turf. I couldn't stop myself. Without even giving myself time to think I brought my left foot stamping down on Herrera. I felt my studs sink into his flesh just above the ankle. It had to have hurt him.”

That was to be Gerrard’s last Premier League involvement against Liverpool’s great rivals, as he left Anfield this summer to join LA Galaxy.

In his absence, Brendan Rodgers’ side travel to Old Trafford today to take on Manchester United for the first time this season.

Both clubs look set to be without key players - Coutinho is out for Liverpool and reports today claim that Wayne Rooney is likely to miss out for United with a hamstring injury.

Neither side has started the season on fire, with United slipping up against Swansea and Liverpool suffering a humiliating home defeat to West Ham. That makes today’s game all the more important.

Who do you think will win this evening - Manchester United on Liverpool?

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