The Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been arrested in connection with an alleged assault outside a nightclub. The England midfielder was detained by police at 0200 GMT (0630 AST) in Southport, near Liverpool, along with five other men. A 34-year-old man was taken to hospital with facial injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
A police spokesman said: "Merseyside Police is investigating an assault that took place in the early hours of Monday Dec 29 on Bold Street in Southport. "At around 2.30am this morning officers attended a disturbance at a licensed premises on Bold Street. "Six men were arrested on suspicion of section 20 assault on Lord Street." The incident came hours after Gerrard had scored twice and made another goal in the club's 5-1 victory at Newcastle. Gerrard was arrested after a disturbance at the Lounge Inn, a modern restaurant that converts into a late night club venue with live music and DJs. No-one was available to comment today. The seaside town is a popular venue for wealthy footballers looking for a night out. A Liverpool FC spokesman said the club would not be commenting on the alleged incident.
Gerrard went out with friends following the win at St James' Park. The Reds captain hailed his table-topping Liverpool side as the best he has played in. He called on everyone at Anfield to enjoy being top of the league after Liverpool extended their lead over Chelsea thanks to the emphatic win. Speaking after the game, Gerrard said: "I think we've got to enjoy it. We will play our best football if we are relaxed and composed. "I think it's important for us to remain humble, keep our feet on the ground and keep working hard." *Agencies