Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners on the day, and the defeat let Manchester City back into the title race. That’s more than Thierry Henry, Michael Owen,  Didier Drogba and Harry Kane. Their similarity tricks people into thinking there’s more room for debate here. ‘What was to say Benitez couldn’t give Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal a run for their money,' wrote Gerrard in his first autobiography, published in 2006. lifting the Champions League trophy in 2005. ", WE ARE BACK!!!!! All of those men are strikers, and Frank Lampard outscored them from midfield, where he never shirked a tackle or his defensive duties. Images. "I know not only did it hurt me, it hurt a lot of people who had followed this club for many, many years. "I park it up but it comes back, all the time," the Rangers manager told The High Performance Podcast. We’re approaching two whole months without Premier League football and, quite frankly, we’re seriously missing it. Steven Gerrard: This is the real reason why I rejected Chelsea STEVEN GERRARD has revealed he turned down a move to Chelsea out of loyalty to Liverpool. ‘I was dreaming of [Claude] Makelele, Gerrard and [Frank] Lampard in midfield. Excuses, though, can’t be made for injuries. TV. Steven Gerrard has opened up on his infamous slip against Chelsea, and admitted he still thinks about the 'brutal, cruel low' more than six years on. Steven Gerrard has told Liverpool he wants to leave Anfield after turning down a new £100,000-a-week contract. Gerrard had an impressive 114 caps and 21 goals for the Three Lions, compared to Frank Lampard’s 106 appearances and… wait… 29 goals? He, in fact, once broke his toe in a match and continued to play. "I can't even tell you if the streets were thick with traffic or as empty as I was on the inside. That’s why he won the league more times, scored more times, assisted more times and played in it more times. All Rights Reserved. The Portuguese manager made plenty of changes to his side as they concentrated on their Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid. I hadn't cried for years but, on the way home, I couldn't stop. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Frank Lampard (L) of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's second goal to make the score 1-2 during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on December 30, 2012 in Liverpool, England. In 2005, he came third in the Ballon d’Or race after Ronaldinho and… guess who? This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. ‘Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson talked me up before the tournament, so I knew they fancied signing me.’. While Steven Gerrard never won the Premier League, he won the Champions League once. "Chelsea bid £37.5 million. Your privacy is safe with us. Lampard just in true heroic fashion sucked it up. Steven Gerrard has described his 'haunting' slip against Chelsea as "a real, brutal, cruel low in my life", six years on from the incident. They were both so good that it was hard to make a choice even when that is exactly what should have been done and what a strong manager would have done. Just me reflecting. Well, three if you include the own-goal at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium…. The big argument often in Steven Gerrard’s case is that he was often incredibly unlucky with injuries. Craig Kieswetter recalls World T20 heroics 10 years ago which led to Archer choosing No 22... as former England star discusses his move into racing having already become a pro golfer since forced retirement at 27, All is forgiven! Swipe up to join us for the return of the #highperformancepodcast with STEVEN GERRARD :soccer:. "It's one of those Steven Gerrard moments," Redknapp said on Sky Sports. That season, of course, would end spectacularly for the Blues as we went on to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time, winning the title at a canter. He told Gary Neville on Sky Sports Soccer Box: "I regret the little bit of flirting back then and how that all blew up. However, Jose Mourinho’s side rocked up to Anfield to spoil the party. 'You've still got the relationships with all those people and stuff. In the match we benefitted from an own goal by Reds skipper Steven Gerrard who, had things panned out differently, could have been playing in blue that day. He spent huge spells of every season injured and so wasn’t able to be that effective in the overall outcomes. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. The statistics are not even all that comparable. Watch the full rerun of our 2005 League Cup victory from 3pm on The 5th Stand app. Gerrard says he decided to call time on his playing career at Anfield and move to American side LA Galaxy in 2015 on the back of 'a real, brutal, cruel low in my life'. Look away now, Liverpool fans. Bruno Fernandes has chosen between Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, Chelsea hero Frank Lampard and Liverpool great Steven Gerrard. ‘Me, Mr Abramovich and [former chief executive] Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that. I love the fact I'm Jofra's hero! Instead of lining up for the Blues, Gerrard was front and centre as one of the biggest rivalries in English football played out over the course of the remainder of his time with the Reds. :grimacing: pic.twitter.com/J2dtU3kLrL. Frank Lampard was just better. I'm not a Steven Gerrard supporter. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. It's the same as Crystal Palace last year when they were safe and had nothing to play for, they went and played at Stoke and sent them down by winning. Liverpool are so important to the history and culture of British football that people feel inclined to include them in things. He holds the record for the outfield player with the most consecutive appearances, at 164. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images), Most of the time, the addition of Steven Gerrard to “all-time XI’s” is nothing more than a compensatory handout to the genuine history of Liverpool Football Club. 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But I don't think that's ever going to be the case.'. I mean, the way the club were with me, during that time, which will remain private. Because six years ago today, Steven Gerrard slipped against Chelsea and cost his side the Premier League title. It would feel weird making a list of all-time Premier League players without a single player from Liverpool. I do truly understand your giddy excitement at being a Liverpool supporter at the moment. I did not even try to stem the silent tears as the events of the afternoon played over and over again in my head.". All England performances must admittedly be taken with a grain of salt because we can all acknowledge their generation underperformed. "But now I have no regrets at all because Liverpool are the club I love - and that’s the way it should be.”. That’s four seasons without missing a single Premier League game, and that’s not to say he didn’t get injured. We were so taken with our side and our way at the time that we sought to rewrite history plenty. I've lived with it for 20 years and more. Steven Gerrard says his infamous slip against Chelsea in 2014 still haunts him to this day, The Liverpool captain looks dejected after his side's title hopes suffered a fatal blow at Anfield. After then going to beat Norwich, they were five points clear and just needed seven points from their final three matches: Chelsea (H), Crystal Palace (A) and Newcastle (H). "But your career takes you to some lows as well. Liverpool saw their best chance of finishing top in more than two decades disappear, with City eventually finishing top by two points. Frank Lampard scored 177 goals in the Premier Premier League. There were plenty of Chelsea names on the scoresheet across tonight’s latest round of internationals, with Olivier Giroud and Mateo Kovacic both hitting Nation League doubles. In fact, the 40-year-old admits the slip still haunts him to this day. The tears kept coming," Gerrard wrote. 'I knew what that meant, that Premier League (title), to an awful lot of people. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. ‘Uncertainty still nagged away at me, though. STEVEN GERRARD has revealed all on failed Chelsea switch and fears Rafa Benitez would have used the £37.5m transfer fee to rebuild Liverpool. An England midfield in 2006 of Beckham on the right where he belonged, Michael Carrick and Frank Lampard in the middle and Stewart Downing on the left would have been fine. Then you have Steven Gerrard to come off the bench against tired players and destroy them. In the match we benefitted from an own goal by Reds skipper Steven Gerrard who, had things panned out differently, could have been playing in blue that day. Jordan Henderson lifts the Premier League trophy at Anfield in July after Liverpool's title win. They did just that, meaning that Liverpool’s three-goal collapse against Crystal Palace meant very little in the end. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. "What triggers it? Of course I do. View our online Press Pack. Frank Lampard was the Premier League’s Mr. But that does not alleviate the responsibility of those Liverpool zealots who have somehow magically appeared during the club’s most successful Premier League era to approach this with more than “but Stevie just had it bro” or “Stevie G was inspiring bruv.”. With a weakened side, their game plan was to simply waste time from the first whistle to frustrate the anxious Liverpool. In races like this, Liverpool’s importance to the history of the game and the volume of their public persona elevates Gerrard whereas anti-Chelsea bias degrades Lampard. Frank Lampard is likely the best player to have ever played in the Premier League, so there’s little shame in the fact that he was a better player than Steven Gerrard. I'm not a Man City supporter or happy that they won the league. But we needn’t go on only about statistics. Just me reflecting. Steven Gerrard had an incredible year in 2005. Last September, Champions League-winning boss Jurgen Klopp said Gerrard would be the ideal candidate to replace him in the Anfield hot seat. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Steven Gerrard was an amazing player, one of the true delights of the Premier League for a long time. But just a few weeks after that, reports emerged that Gerrard had handed in a transfer request and Chelsea had tabled a British-record transfer bid for him. Gerrard went on to earn a legend status at Liverpool and has never played for any other club in Europe - he only left Reds to spend 18 months at LA Galaxy before his retirement in 2016. "I got a paranoid feeling at the time that Rafa would have taken money to try and build Liverpool on. "I didn't feel sorry for him. During the summer of 2004, there was plenty of speculation that Liverpool’s captain would be on his way to Stamford Bridge, leaving behind one new manager – Rafa Benitez – to be part of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea revolution. I've had lots and lots of moments, some incredible moments, which I never dreamed of. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Because six years ago today, Steven Gerrard slipped against Chelsea and cost his side the Premier League title. 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It was a moment that Gerrard would never forget. Published 1:55 PM, Monday October 26 2020 GMT. They knew a draw would be a good result and a win would knock Chelsea out of contention but in what would be a disastrous moment, Gerrard miscontrolled a pass from Mamadou Sakho and slipped trying to rectify his mistake. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale. Yes, a footballer, Frank Lampard, played football with a broken bone in his foot. Let’s do the same then for England. In 2010, a three of Carrick, Barry and Lampard would have been glorious. ", @media (max-width:767px){.css-4n1las{display:none;}}More Like This@media (min-width:768px){.css-1s8mc50{display:none;}}More Like This. Expanding on how his slip affected everyone connected with Liverpool, Gerrard added: 'I felt like part of me healed more than any of those feelings. I've lived with it for 20 years and more. © 2020 Chelsea FC. I'm not a Liverpool supporter. “What about Istanbul?” Well, OK, Istanbul proves the point. I am someone who thinks a lot. Gerrard went on to describe how the moment not only affected himself, but those connected with the football club. Demba Ba went on to score after Steven Gerrard lost his footing Credit: Sky Sports Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers backed his captain after … "The fact is I didn’t know whether I was coming or going with Rafa at the time. Chelsea’s victory over the soon to be quadruple winning Bayern Munich. Topics: Liverpool, Football News, SLIP, Chelsea, Football, Demba Ba, Steven Gerrard. But when England lost to Germany to exit the tournament, who was it that scored the disallowed match-changing ghost goal that played a major part in ushering in VAR technology because the entire world saw the injustice of the matte? Gerrard desperately tried to make amends in the second-half with potshots from distance but Chelsea held firm before scoring a second in injury-time from Willian. Chelsea supporters did the same thing for a period under Jose Mourinho. The incident has haunted Gerrard, who ended his career without a Premier League winners' medal, ever since - and he doesn't believe he will ever be able to forget the slip which effectively cost his side the title. So Gerrard actually loses there, too. I also know that many of you only have the footballing knowledge of what has been right in front of you for about six months. The High Performance Podcast with Jake Humphrey and Professor Damian Hughes is available every Monday on all podcast providers. But just how close did it come to happening? With the UEFA Nations League group phase drawing to a conclusion over the next couple of days, and other major tournament qualifiers continuing in Africa and South America, we look at the state of play in international football with Chelsea interest in mind. There will be debate over whose European victory was harder. Once again Lampard at least matches Gerrard there in historic importance to an all-time victory. They love the club, it's in the heart. Frank Lampard. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. For West Ham he scored another 39 and in his retiring season at Manchester City he still scored another eight. ‘We did everything to try [to sign him] and it was almost there,’ said Mourinho a decade later. 'What triggers it? It allowed Demba Ba to latch onto the ball, run through unopposed and slot it past a helpless Simon Mingolet. Liverpool had the Premier League title in their hands towards the end of the 2013-14 season when Gerrard lost his footing and allowed Demba Ba to score at Anfield. And the former England midfielder insists that he wasn't jealous to see others - including some former team-mates - lift the trophy instead of him. ‘When I should have been getting ready for kick-off, my thoughts drifted away into imagining what it would be like playing for Chelsea or Barcelona. All that said, one thing is wholly self-evident: Frank Lampard was a better player than Steven Gerrard. Images. That was, again, Frank Lampard. I mean, the way the club were with me, during that time, which will remain private.'. "I knew what that meant, that Premier League (title), to an awful lot of people. The way things were playing out in the press suggested the deal was not far away, but a swift U-turn by Gerrard meant he committed his future to his boyhood club. Look away now, Liverpool fans. "Liverpool fans commit themselves to that club. Gerrard was captain of that team. My own family, to me. Particularly if we’re talking about just the Premier League, this shouldn’t even be a matter of discussion. One, though, stands a chance of standing higher. "Ball goes under his foot - remember Demba Ba going through - and Robinson does exactly what he did. But six years later, rival fans still very much enjoy mocking Gerrard and Liverpool by singing: “Steve Gerrard, Gerrard,He slipped on his f*cking arse,He gave it to Demba Ba,Steve Gerrard, Gerrard.”, And Liverpool still haven’t won the league…. That’s all. 'Liverpool fans commit themselves to that club. The comments below have not been moderated. I understand the passion of supporting a club in it’s best ever period. Gerrard has since reflected on the transfer saga and admits he regrets toying with the idea of a switch to Stamford Bridge but was very tempted by the offer. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. Gerrard continued: "[Jose] Mourinho was a massive part of that. He was the first English player to be on a Ballon d’Or podium since Michael Owen won in 2001 and David Beckham came second in 1999. By the end of May, Liverpool also had cause for celebration. "It's all part of the game. Gerrard has since spoken about his slip in his autobiography ‘My Story.’. © 2020 Sports New Media Limited. They love the club, it's in the heart. That, though, doesn’t actually mean anything about them as players. At the time, massive amounts of dough but what would you get for that now?”. Instead, we’re forced to look back at previous seasons for our Premier League fix. Much of the reason for the fact that Steven Gerrard often gets credit in these debates is mainly down to how he played and who he played for. Any other side would have won every trophy available with that level of talent. There’s just Istanbul in Gerrard’s column. Steven Gerrard has opened up on his infamous slip against Chelsea, and admitted he still thinks about the 'brutal, cruel low' more than six years on.
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