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‘Kid in a playground’ ‘Tears flowing’ Gerrard under fire as he grasses up Porteous

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Squealing about alleged after-match comments isn’t really apt when you are a Liverpool legend with over 100 international caps.

But after drawing with Hibs Steven Gerrard put the spotlight firmly on Ryan Porteous as he re-ran that sinking feeling of watching his side crumble at the slightest sign of pressure.

Seven clean sheets and the acclaim of the Scottish media had convinced the Ibrox boss that his squad had finally turned the corner and developed the essence of winners.

Gerrard had overlooked the fact that his back four remained largely unchanged from the players that lost back to back against Hearts and Hamilton shortly before Lockdown.

In a bad to explain the issue to supporters James Tavernier told the club programme that when the pressure is on it’s hard for him and his team-mates to cope. Tav continues to wear the armband.

Last season was brought to an end at just the right time for Gerrard and his squad of losers led by Tav, the former Wigan utility man.

Within a few weeks of football being halted they managed to change the narrative to being robbed of the title by a grand conspiracy. It worked, fans lapped it up and bought season tickets in droves but with that comes expectation. Plus Kemar Roofe, Ced Itten and Ianis Hagi.

At the next set-back Ryan Porteous won’t be there as the fall guy but the only certainty is that whatever happens it certainly won’t be the fault of a Liverpool legend.

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