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Emotion got to me: Gerrard

Liverpool 2-1 QPR

Published 04/05/2015

Consoling hand: Martin Skrtel with Steven Gerrard after miss
Consoling hand: Martin Skrtel with Steven Gerrard after miss

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is not one for sentimentality but even he admits his penalty miss may have been in part to the emotion surrounding his impending departure from his boyhood club.

The 34-year-old, playing his penultimate match at Anfield before leaving for Los Angeles Galaxy, saw his spot-kick saved by Robert Green as he tried to put his side back in front at home to QPR but he did eventually redeem himself with an 87th-minute header to secure a 2-1 win.

Philippe Coutinho had put the Reds in front before Leroy Fer's 73rd-minute equaliser.

Gerrard's penalty miss was his 10th in 57 spot-kicks and his sixth at Anfield, five of which have strangely been against London clubs.

"It was a poor penalty from myself and I am very disappointed with it," he said. "I changed my mind on my run up, which is something you can't do.

"Maybe it was the game, the emotion, being desperate to score and get on the scoresheet, I don't know.

"I was looking at Rob Green for as long as I could and I felt like he was going to go to his right, my left, which made me change my mind.

"I should have had the confidence that I could still score even if he went the right way. I take full responsibility for that but it was nice to make up for it.

"I'm delighted with the header and everyone goes home happy because we've got three points."

The win brought to an end a miserable fortnight for the Reds which saw them lose the FA Cup semi-final to Aston Villa, held to a goalless draw at West Brom and then lose at Hull as their Champions League hopes were virtually extinguished.

But fourth-placed Manchester United's surprise home defeat to the Baggies offers a glimmer of hope, with Liverpool now just four behind with three to play.

Belfast Telegraph

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