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Gerrard makes heartfelt apology to Liverpool fans

Steven Gerrard has apologised to Liverpool supporters and his team-mates after being sent off for a stamp in Sunday's defeat against Man United.

Gerrard was dismissed less than a minute after coming on. Credit: PA

Liverpool's captain was dismissed 40 seconds after replacing Adam Lallana at half-time for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

The Reds, who were already 1-0 behind at the time, went on the lose the match 2-1 and now trail United by five points in the race for Champions League qualification.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Gerrard said:

I need to accept it, the decision was right. I've let down my team-mates and the supporters. I take full responsibility. I've been in the game long enough when you do something like that. I take full responsibility.

I don't know what caused it. I don't know. 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, because I take full responsibility for today's result.

– Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

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Rodgers: Gerrard won't walk back into Liverpool team

Liverpool have been in form while Gerrard has been on the sidelines. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Steven Gerrard there is no easy route back into his first-team plans.

The Reds captain has missed the last six matches with a hamstring injury and, although he has returned to training this week, he will be assessed before a decision can be made on whether he is fit to face Blackburn in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final.

In his absence they have won five times, with their only defeat coming to Besiktas in the Europa League, but although Jordan Henderson has stepped up to successfully lead the side Rodgers insists the 24-year-old is no carbon-copy replacement.

There is no-one in the squad who has a God-given right to walk straight into the team.

It probably would be (an issue) for other people but certainly not for me and it wouldn't be for Steven.

He is very much a team player and if he was on the bench because the team was in good form and playing well I think everyone respects that.

I have shown my time here players who are performing well, irrespective of price or status, they play - simple as that.

For me the most important thing in the first case is having Steven available.

– Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Former police officer jailed over Gerrard blackmail

A former police officer has been jailed for 22 months for her part in a plot to blackmail Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Jones has was found guilty of misconduct in a public office after seizing the CCTV to use as a 'tool for blackmail'.

The 33-year-old illegally obtain CCTV footage of a Formby bar brawl involving Gerrard in August 2013.

Helen Jones will serve a custodial sentence. Credit: PA

Jones got hold of the footage from a local bank after businessman Paul Lloyd had claimed Gerrard and some associates punch and kicked him.

The judge added: "You deliberately created a false impression in the mind of the bank manager that you were investigating a criminal offence.

"In fact you were on a mission to obtain that matter so that you could put it either directly or through an intermediary, who would use it for his own ends, which were nothing whatsover to do with a criminal investigation."

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