Steven Gerrard shows why he’s no longer ‘Captain Fantastic’ for Liverpool

A brace from Juan Mata put a five-point gap between Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for a coveted Champions League spot.

The ESPN FC panel talk managerial tactics and debate whether or not Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal got the better of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The ESPN FC panel discuss Steven Gerrard's straight red card and how it will reflect upon his legacy.

ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Juan Mata's brace, Steven Gerrard's red card, Wayne Rooney's missed penalty and more in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard was frustrated with their play in the first half.

Oh Brendan, you big softie. Haven't you learned after 34 months inside the seething cauldron of Anfield that El Clasico del Norte between Liverpool and Manchester United is no place for sentimentality? Were you mesmerized by the giant self-portrait in your house when your captain and former useful player, Steven Gerrard, proclaimed that the rivalry transcends even Barcelona and Real Madrid?

And if you judge it by the number of people watching, at least Stevie G. got that right. Sunday's latest…

Barcelona claim Clasico points; Man United see off Gerrard and Liverpool

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno examines Luis Suarez's world-class performance against Real Madrid in El Clasico.

Maybe you can distill it down to some kind of scientific axiom: the greater the number of individual superstars on the pitch, the greater the chance that a moment of genius, magic or what you might otherwise call unaccountable skill will be the difference between the two.
Barcelona and Real Madrid both had spells in which they enjoyed the upper hand in Sunday's Clasico, but only the Catalans had Luis Suarez and the move he pulled 10 minutes into the second half.
The former Liverpool striker ghosted…

Advantage Barcelona

A moment of class from Luis Suarez sealed a back-and-forth Clasico, while Man Utd beat Liverpool after Steven Gerrard lost his cool. Plus, Bayern slipped, Lyon lost and there was more referee controversy. Gab Marcotti &#187

Defeat for Liverpool exposes previously camouflaged deficiencies

Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers praised Steven Gerrard for apologising for being sent off against Manchester United in a 2-1 defeat.

It was eerily reminiscent of last season. There'd been a storming run of league results, a meteoric rise in confidence and the visit to Anfield of a sworn enemy with a strict plan — swiftly followed by ignominious defeat and the humiliation of Steven Gerrard.

Supporters could be forgiven for rubbing their eyes in disbelief that such a calamity could strike again so soon, but like last year's devastating 2-0 reversal against Chelsea, Sunday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United brought…