Gerrard apologises and retracts critical Everton comments

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has apologised and retracted his comments which criticised Merseyside rivals Everton for their approach to the dramatic 2-2 draw between the two sides in their last Premier League encounter.

Gerrard had initially compared what he deemed as Everton’s long-ball tactics to the approach used by Stoke City. However, according to the official Everton club website, the 31-year-old is said to have re-watched the game and felt the need to re-dress his comments.

Just to clarify, I’ve watched the game again and I’ve seen some of Everton’s matches this season, and what I said in relation to their style of play went too far,” said Gerrard. “I was frustrated by the disallowed goal from Luis [Suarez] when I spoke and also some of the things that have been said about Luis in recent weeks which haven’t been fair in my opinion.

As captain I have a duty to stand up for our players when I feel they are unfairly singled out,” the England skipper continued. “But it wasn’t my intention to disrespect Everton or Stoke for that matter and I certainly didn’t intend any disrespect to their manager or players. I have the utmost respect for David Moyes and Tony Pulis and the job they have done at their respective clubs.

Following that draw, Everton remain six points ahead of Brendan Rodgers’ men, currently sitting in fifth place just outside the Champions League places with 16 points, a full seven places ahead of their Merseyside rivals who currently have only 10 points to their name.

The Reds face Swansea in their League Cup fourth round tie on Wednesday night as manager Rodgers comes face to face for the first time with the side he left to take up residency at Anfield during the summer.

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