Steven Gerrard says Liverpool Premier League title slip still haunts him

Gerrard speaks out on that slip

It's been a magnificent season for Liverpool and they're looking in incredibly good shape to win their maiden Premier League title. It's been 29 years since the Reds finished top of the tree, last lifting the First Divison back in the 1989/90 campaign so its been a long wait for everyone involved with the club.

This year they're involved in a scrap with north west rivals Manchester City for the honour of being crowned Premier League Champions, just like in the 2013/14 campaign. The Reds were just 3 games away from lifting the title and in their penultimate home game they faced Chelsea, knowing that three points would see them take a massive step towards it.

It was an emotional afternoon at Anfield and it eventually ended in tears. Fans favourite and club legend Steven Gerrard slipping late in the first half which led to Demba Ba storming through unopposed and putting Chelsea 1-0 up. The Blues eventually won 2-0 and effectively ended the hosts title ambitions, which was confirmed a week later when they threw away a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace, drawing 3-3.

Steven Gerrard
The Chelsea defeat at Anfield still haunts Gerrard today

The implications of Steven Gerrard's slip were massive at the time and they still are now, with it still clearly weighing on the Rangers managers mind. The 38 year-old spoke out on some of his thoughts on those events in his pre-Hibernian press conference.

"This wound has been open since my experience. I'm not sure it'll close because I can't change that experience," Gerrard, who departed Liverpool in 2015, told reporters.

"It doesn't affect how I feel (about Liverpool) now. I look at a squad of players, some of whom I'm still friends with. "I see a support that gave me absolutely everything from the terraces and around the world."

Steven Gerrard's 17 year spell with the club saw him rise through the ranks and become captain, along with winning pretty much every honour available barring the Premier League title. He's enjoyed a glittering career but unfortunately he's remembered by many supporters for his slip, with memes of the incident regularly appearing on Instagram on Twitter.

He's spoken out on the matter several times, with the 'make us dream' film made on his career giving a real insight into how he felt after that unfortunate event. But now four years on, his old side are in with a fantastic chance of ending that long drought under Jurgen Klopp.

Gerrard on Liverpool Premier League ambitions

Steven Gerrard never got the chance to work under Jurgen Klopp and you really feel that he would've flourished under the enigmatic German. Klopp is in his fourth year in charge of the Reds and the progress made by Liverpool under his stewardship is immensely impressive, transforming them from Europa League regulars into Premier League contenders.

Last seasons Champions League final appearance showed that they're back again as a force in Europe and now they're showing that consistency domestically. They're just a point away from leaders Manchester City and with a decent run-in, the Merseysiders will once again be daring to dream that they can win the title.

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Jurgen Klopp has done a magnificent job at Anfield

They've won many fans with their exciting style of play and one of which is their former skipper Gerrard, who has been really impressed with what the club are doing at the moment.

"Certain people will see it as failure but that is football and opinions. Jurgen has taken the squad forward giant strides. He's doing everything he can," he added.

"Sometimes in football, if someone beats you to it, you have to hold your hands up and say the better team won. "I hope that's not the case but I don't think you can be too critical if you have been fantastic yourself and have done ever so well to be in it in the first place."

Liverpool are competing with an incredible Manchester City side for the league and they've done tremendously well to push them as far as they have, Gerrard will be praying they can make it that little bit further and end that drought.


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