Steven Gerrard’s brutal three word response to referee Jon Moss retiring at the end of the season

It wasn’t the best day at the office for referee Jon Moss

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard delivered a brutal response to hearing the news that referee Jon Moss is retiring at the end of the 2021/22 season following his side’s defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday evening.

Moss was at the heart of a number of controversial decisions involving both teams on the night but his performance in particular from a Villa perspective was lambasted by those in the claret and blue corner both in the stadium and from afar.

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Referee Jonathan Moss looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park

The Villa faithful let the veteran official know exactly what they thought of the retiring referee at both half-time and full-time when he was viciously booed off of the field.

It’s a feeling that was very much mutual among their manager too who was seething in his post match press conference, though was able to keep a level head in his reaction - initially anyway.

“No comment, I just hope that it’s looked at,” Gerrard said when asked about the performance of Moss.

“That’s all I say. I hope it’s looked at.

“Have I gone to talk to Jon Moss? No. I just hope his performance is looked at. I don’t want to be sour, Liverpool scored two goals against us and we need to look at that and I don’t want to cover over any cracks.”

But he wasn’t able to prevent himself from having a sly dig when asked by one reporter if he was aware that the 51-year-old was hanging up his officiating boots at the end of this campaign.

Straight to the point, the former Liverpool captain simply replied: “Is he? Good.”

It wasn’t just Villa that were aggrieved, either.

Jurgen Klopp slammed the officiating team after the game for their decision to not rule out Douglas Luiz’s opening goal for offside.

When both manager’s have a problem, you know it’s been a bad day at the office!

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