Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard: I’d celebrate handball goal v Man United
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard defends Luis Suárez, insisting he'd celebrate if he scored using his hand against Manchester United
Steven Gerrard has admitted he would celebrate if he scored a goal using his hand when Liverpool face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The 32-year-old’s Uruguayan team-mate Luis Suárez was criticised for handling the ball in the lead up to his strike in a 2-1 victory over Mansfield Town in the FA Cup last weekend.
However, Gerrard believes Suárez is being unfairly targeted for the goal, insisting such incidents occur in the top flight, referring to Pedro Mendes’ infamous ‘ghost goal’ against the Red Devils in 2005.
“I celebrate [if I score with my hand],” Gerrard told the Guardian. “I’m not going to lie and say I would run to the linesman or referee and say I’ve handballed it at Old Trafford.
“What would Wayne Rooney do? What did [goalkeeper] Roy Carroll do all those years ago when the ball was four yards over the line? I didn’t see Alex Ferguson or Roy Carroll run to the referee or linesman and say it was over, did you?
“That’s football. These things happen. You don’t go out to intentionally handball and I don’t think Luis did it intentionally.
“You could tell by the way he kicked the ball into the net that he was waiting for the referee to blow up. I’m not saying it’s right but have Mansfield never had a bit of luck or an incorrect decision go their way?
“Put it this way, I don’t think as big a deal would have been made of it had it been Daniel Sturridge.”