Tuesday 12 November 2019

Steven Gerrard admits he had a Manchester United jersey as a kid

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal with a header against Wimbledon
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal with a header against Wimbledon
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

There is a well-known picture of Steven Gerrard wearing the blue jersey of Everton back when he is a kid that gets the obligatory social media air time when the Liverpool skipper is in the news.

But what if there was a picture of Steven Gerrard in a Manchester United jersey?

A young Steven Gerrard in an Everton kit
A young Steven Gerrard in an Everton kit

The robust midfielder, who will leave Anfield this summer after an incredible 25 years at the club, has made the admission no Liverpool fan wanted to hear – he was once the proud owner of a Manchester United jersey!

“Up until the age of eight I could have supported anyone. When I was younger I had all kinds of different kits: Tottenham, Norwich, Real Madrid, Barcelona... I even had a United kit,” said Gerrard in an interview with Four Four Two..

“We had a few Everton fans in the family who were trying to get me down the Blue road, but once I started understanding the game and listening to my dad and brother talk about Liverpool’s great history, that was it.”

So Liverpool it was and the rest, as they say, is very much history. Twenty five years of history and a club/player bond that will unlikely be recreated anywhere soon.

Gerrard tells of his early days at the club when he was in awe of the household names he shared the training pitch with.

“I was surrounded by multi-millionaires who had 60-70 international caps and 500 career appearances – I felt very intimidated,” he admits. “It was weird to be sitting there, surrounded by those players who were once heroes of mine.

“I studied Paul Ince and Jamie Redknapp on and off the pitch to see how they behaved.

“I watched how they ate, how they dressed, what cars they drove and how they were when I asked them to sign stuff. Every day I was logging stuff that I still use to this day.”

And how it worked. The Manchester United jersey is long time in the bin now.

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