Thursday 30 March 2017

Steven Gerrard: Chelsea slip will haunt me for the rest of my life

Former Liverpool captain reveals his heartache

Steven Gerrard after the slip against Chelsea
Steven Gerrard after the slip against Chelsea

Steven Gerrard has revealed his infamous slip which derailed Liverpool's Premier League title charge two years will haunt him for the rest of his life.

The outgoing Liverpool captain won every major honour during his days at Anfield - except the league title - and the part he played in their near miss two seasons ago still hangs heavy in his heart.

His stumble, which spawned a chant for rival fans, helped Chelsea on the way to a 2-0 win and all but ended their title charge.

"The slip happened at a bad time, it was cruel for me personally," Gerrard said.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about if that hadn't happened. Would things have been different? Would it have turned out different? Maybe, I don't know.

"You've got to be thick-skinned and take a bit of criticism along the way. I'm not scared of any criticism or cruelty.

"I understand it and the impact it had it kills me, don't get me wrong. Inside it kills me and it will do for a long time.

"I think to myself 'If I'd have got that league, it would have been the icing on the cake'.

"But what helps me with it is that I've got the cake. I've achieved a lot of dreams with a team that has never been the favourite.

"I've got memories - good memories - that will live with me forever but that one moment will always hurt me until the day I go because if I'd have got that moment, I'd have achieved every dream with Liverpool."

Gerrard, in an interview with BT Sport, also revealed the moment he knew it was time to leave Liverpool.

Being left out of the side to face Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Bernabeu was painful and it was the pivotal moment in ending his 27-year association with the club.

The 35-year-old had already been told by boss Brendan Rodgers his game-time would be managed but the midfielder was desperate to play against the defending European champions.

"It was Real Madrid and I wanted to play," Gerrard said.

"When I was told I wasn't playing for the sake of the team, because of my relationship with Brendan I took it and I accepted it.

"But I sat on that bench devastated because I wanted to play. It pushed me into making a decision to move on and try something different."

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