The Liverpool skipper hit out at the Toffees’ tactical approach to the Merseyside derby, branding them a “long-ball team” and comparing their style of play to that of Stoke City.
But the 31-year-old has backtracked on his comments and admits they were made in the heat of the moment after seeing Luis Suárez denied what appeared to be a legitimate late winner at Goodison Park.
“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,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
“I was frustrated by the disallowed goal from Luis [Suarez, in injury time] 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.
“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.”
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