Chelsea Start Mind Games Early By Posting Steven Gerrard's Slip

Liverpool host Chelsea on Sunday in what is arguably their toughest fixture in the Premier League title run in and they'll need no greater motivation than revenge for the Blues provocation on social media.

In four weeks time we will know if Manchester City have defended the Premier League title for the first time or if Liverpool are champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

The Reds could take a huge step towards that aim on Sunday. City must travel to Crystal Palace, who have a knack of pooping parties, and Liverpool host Chelsea in arguably their hardest game left.

Not only must Jurgen Klopp's team beat the Blues though they must also beat their own demons.

Five years ago the Reds had their previous best chance of winning the title and were five points clear with three games to go when they hosted today's visitors Chelsea.

It was the occasion of Steven Gerrard's unfortunate slip, which led to Demba Ba's infamous goal, and Brendan Rodgers' side went on to lose 2-0 before eventually losing the title race to City.

Half a decade later and Chelsea's social media page was all too happy to remind Liverpool fans of the incident, which didn't go down well with Liverpool fans:

Liverpool went on to lose that game 2-0, after being able to break down Jose Mourinho's defensive tactics and being hit on the break in stoppage time for the second goal, but their title hopes really took a blow eight days later.

Rodgers' side travelled to Crystal Palace for their penultimate day of the season and took a 3-0 lead in the 55th minute. However a goal from Damien Delaney in the 79th minute and Dwight Gayle goals in the 81st and 88th minutes saw them throw away their lead and two points.

City had beaten Palace on the same day as Liverpool's loss to Chelsea and went on to beat Everton, Aston Villa and West Ham to lift the trophy.

Will history repeat itself just two weeks short of the fifth anniversary of Liverpool's loss or will it be City's turn to slip up?

Featured Image Credit: Chelsea/PA

Ryan Sidle

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