No more free-kicks! Gerrard shares joke with Suarez as Liverpool win
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard jokes with Luis Suárez after scoring a free-kick in a 2-1 victory over Sunderland
Steven Gerrard lifted the lid on his joke with Luis Suarez after the Liverpool captain helped his side edge to a 2-1 victory over Sunderland.
The 33-year-old broke the deadlock in the 39th minute after he managed to convince the Uruguayan to surrender free-kick duty to his skipper at Anfield.
Suarez has been in prolific form from the set-pieces this season, with Gerrard very much second-choice free-kick taker for the 18-time English champions.
And the England captain was captured jokingly informing Suarez that he would be having “no more free-kicks” after Gerrard’s powerful opener.
Daniel Sturridge doubled Liverpool’s lead following Gerrard’s strike before Sunderland substitute Ki Sung-Yueng guaranteed a nervy final 16 minutes for the Anfield crowd with a close-range finish.
After the win, which hoists Liverpool into second place and a point behind leaders Chelsea, Gerrard spoke about his deliberations with his South American team-mate.
“I don’t usually get a go,” Gerrard added.
“Suárez has been magnificent from set-pieces and we usually leave them to him. But sometimes the goalkeeper is expecting Luis to take it so I can step in. Thankfully tonight I got it right.
He added: “He let me take one. He wouldn’t let me take one at Cardiff. But it doesn’t matter because he gets the goals.”