Friday 15 December 2017

Gerrard 'devastated' for Reds fans – but vows to carry on

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Nigel Whittaker

With their title dreams extinguished, Liverpool's players circled the pitch inside Anfield Stadium, heads bowed, to the backdrop of another passionately sung rendition of club anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'

The final match of the Reds' season could have been a celebration of the most unlikely championship triumph in Premier League history.

It ended up being a tale of what might have been.

Liverpool came up short yesterday in their bid for a first league title in 24 years, finishing two points behind champion Manchester City despite a turnaround 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Brendan Rodgers' team did their part on what proved to be an anticlimactic last day, passing the 100-goal mark for the league campaign after near-identical strikes in the space of two second-half minutes by Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge. That clinched a club-record 26th league victory.

But Liverpool were also relying on a favour from West Ham at Etihad Stadium, which was always unlikely to happen. City won 2-0, keeping the trophy out of Liverpool's grasp.

"I'm devastated for the fans," said Reds captain Steven Gerrard. "Although we've made them dream, I'm devastated we didn't go that one step more."

The England captain is looking forward to playing in the Champions League next year and he is hopeful of putting in the same level of performance he has shown this year.

"I can certainly play at this level for another year, for sure because I feel so fit and so strong – even though I'm getting on," said the 33-year-old, who scored 14 goals this term.

"But the idea for me is to carry on until my legs pack in. I'll know when the day comes but it's not here just yet." (© Independent News Service)

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