Steven Gerrard sorry for 38-second red card

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has apologised after being sent off after just 38 seconds in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.

The 34-year-old came on as a half-time substitute but was dismissed for stamping on Ander Herrera moments after being tackled by the Spaniard.

Gerrard, who joins LA Galaxy at the end of the season, will miss three games.

“I need to accept it; the decision was right,” Gerrard told Sky Sports. “I’ve let down my team-mates and the fans.”

He added: “I take full responsibility. I don’t know what caused it. Probably just a reaction to the initial tackle.

“I shouldn’t say more about it really. I’ve just come out here to apologise to the dressing room and supporters.”

Liverpool were already trailing 1-0 when Gerrard, in what was his final game against Manchester United, was dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson

After appearing for the second half, the captain put in a robust challenge on goalscorer Juan Mata. Herrera then responded with a firm tackle on Gerrard, for which the Manchester United midfielder was booked.

TV replays showed Gerrard reacted by stamping on Herrera as he lay on the ground and he was shown the sixth red card of his Premier League career.