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Demba Ba Once Claimed He Had No Sympathy For Steven Gerrard Over His Famous Slip

Ryan Sidle

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Demba Ba Once Claimed He Had No Sympathy For Steven Gerrard Over His Famous Slip

It's eight years today that Steven Gerrard famously slipped during Liverpool's game with Chelsea and kicked off an implosion in their title race. Whilst he may have never stopped thinking about it Demba Ba has no sympathy.

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Gerrard and Liverpool were trying to win the Reds first ever Premier League title back in 2014 and led the race from Chelsea and Manchester City going into the last few games.

Having gathered his team just weeks before to tell them not to 'let it slip,' after the win against Manchester City, Gerrard provided one of the most iconic fails in the history of Premier League.

With the ball played to him just inside his own half, the Reds' captain stumbled trying to control the ball and Blues forward Ba was on to him like a shot, running at goal and eventually scoring.

Jose Mourinho's side went on to win the match 2-0 and the title eventually went to City, with the slip going down in folklore as the reason behind Brendan Rodgers side extending their league title barren spell.

Gerrard might be able to joke about it these days but he has also admitted that it haunted him for years, an admission that would usually elicit sympathy.

However, speaking three years, Ba revealed that he doesn't actually feel any sympathy for the Aston Villa manager.

"I didn't feel sorry for him. I'm not a Steven Gerrard supporter. I'm not a Liverpool supporter. I'm not a Man City supporter or happy that they won the league," the striker told the Sun.

"It's all part of the game. 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. You go and do your job, you go to win."

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Ba was not a regular for Jose Mourinho's side that season, and they actually played several players who weren't regulars that day at Anfield.

Mourinho was without Petr Cech, John Terry and Eden Hazard. Mark Schwarzer played only four league games all season, Ba played just 19 and Mo Salah, another starter for the Blues, played only 10.

The former Newcastle United striker even said that it was the 'reserves' who beat their rivals that day, adding, "I would say he put the reserve team out. A lot of the players that started that day were not in the starting XI every week.

"So we went out like this, but he still expected us to win. He was very motivated to win that game."

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports/PA

Topics: Chelsea, Liverpool, Demba Ba, Steven Gerrard, Premier League

Ryan Sidle
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