Sunday 8 December 2019

Too soon? Steven Gerrard makes joke about slip against Chelsea at awards bash

Jack de Menezes

Steven Gerrard made light of his slip against Chelsea that looks to have cost Liverpool the Premier League title, admitting that “you never get too down” when a trophy slips out of your grasp.

Gerrard was able to make the joke at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony, less than two weeks after his costly slip allowed Chelsea’s Demba Ba to pounce and give the Blues a lead they would not relinquish. Manchester City head into the final day of the season knowing that a point should be enough to secure them a second Premier League title, providing Liverpool don’t trounce Newcastle by an unlikely 14 goals.

Liverpool can still take advantage of any lapse in City’s encounter with West Ham to win the title, although they must see of the Magpies and hope former players Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and the rest of the Hammers squad pull off an end-of-season upset if the Reds are to end their 24-year wait for a league success.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Gerrard said: “The biggest message when you sign for this club is you never get too high when you win an award or trophy and you never get too down when one slips away - literally slips away.

“You continue to fight game by game but for me I stand here really proud of my team-mates and have a huge belief that if this group of players stick together and we can make the right additions in the summer the future is bright for the club.”

Had Liverpool held on to their 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace on Monday, they would have found themselves in a slightly better position in that City would need to win should Gerrard and Co see of Alan Pardew’s struggling side, but Palace’s three-goal fight back inflicted another serious blow in their title credentials.

Gerrard won’t be able to cheer on his former Anfield team-mates given that all ten of the final Premier League matches kick-off at 3pm on Sunday. However, should West Ham earn a shock win in what could be Sam Allardyce’s final match in charge of the Hammers, the Reds’ skipper could be left to celebrate in front of the Kop in what would be the unlikeliest of title triumphs seen in the Premier League era.

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