Liverpool anger as Gerrard is injured with England

Liverpool accused the English Football Association of

incompetence after midfielder Steven Gerrard limped off during

Wednesday’s friendly against France after playing longer than had

been agreed with his club.

England coach Fabio Capello confirmed that Gerrard was only due

to play for an hour, but had been kept on the pitch longer due to

an injury to Gareth Barry during the 2-1 loss to the French.

The midfielder subsequently strained his hamstring and was

forced off in the 85th minute, immediately provoking an angry

response from Darren Burgess, Liverpool’s head of fitness and


”Unbelievable from all associated with England and English FA

with regard to SG’s injury,” Burgess posted on Twitter.

”Completely ignored agreement and past history.”

Burgess added in another post: ”Completely amateurish and now

we pay for their incompetence. Absolutely disgraceful.”

While Burgess quickly removed his messages as they spread across

the internet, Capello said he understood why Liverpool was


”We spoke with Steve and he said he would play one hour, but

after Barry’s injury we had some problems,” Capello said. ”That

was the reason he stayed on the pitch. If it’s possible, the

players will play the time we agreed with the club.

”But Barry was really injured so we needed someone senior on

the pitch because it was a really young team. He said he was good

… I understand why they’re upset and I’m also upset.”