Gerrard: Emotion got to me

The 34-year-old, playing his penultimate match at Anfield before leaving for??Los Angeles Galaxy, saw his spot-kick saved by Robert Green on Saturday??as he tried to put??his side back in front at home to QPR.

As he has so often before, the talismanic skipper went on to win the match, this time with an 87th-minute header which secured a 2-1 win.

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??told

“I changed my mind on my run up, which is something you can’t do when you’re a??penalty taker.”

Not one for sentimentality, he nevertheless admitted: “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 and??help get the team three points. It’s very big for us.

“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 a Wembley FA Cup semi-final to Aston Villa, held to a goalless draw at West??Brom and then lose at Hull. Their Champions League hopes have been kept alive however by fourth-placed Manchester United’s surprise home defeat to West Brom.

Liverpool now just four points behind with three to play, although??those dropped points in the last week may well come back to haunt them.

“Everyone wanted desperately to reward the fans with an FA Cup final,” said??Gerrard, who had more reason than most to get there as the final fell on his??35th birthday and would have been a fitting farewell after his brilliant service
to his boyhood club.

“I suppose in the last couple of performances we’ve had a bit of a hangover??from that setback.

“The manager has made it clear we want to finish as strong as possible, try to??get maximum points in all of our remaining games and keep putting pressure on??the teams above us.

“It was a big disappointment at Wembley, but when you play for a big club??you’ve got to get over it, move on and look to the future.

“Hopefully, next year, this team and club can compete for all the trophies??available.”