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On This Day Seven Years Ago Steven Gerrard Delivered 'We Do Not Let This Slip' Speech

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On This Day Seven Years Ago Steven Gerrard Delivered 'We Do Not Let This Slip' Speech

On this day seven years ago, Steven Gerrard delivered his infamous, and very unfortunate, 'we do not let this slip speech' after a huge win for Liverpool.

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In 2014 Liverpool looked likely to win their first league title in 24 years, Brendan Rodgers side were in incredible form and were two points ahead of closest challengers Chelsea and four clear of third place Manchester City.

The Reds welcomed City to Anfield with just five games of their season to go, knowing a win over their visitors would go a long way to helping them secure the title.

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Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel put the Reds 2-0 up inside the first half hour before City mounted a comeback in the second half. David Silva got the visitors back into the game before Glen Johnson scored an unfortunate own goal.

With just 12 minutes left Philippe Coutinho struck, following Vincent Kompany's poor clearance, to give Liverpool all three points and a seven point lead over City, knowing three wins from their final four games would be enough for the title.

Captain Gerrard gathered his teammates in a huddle for a speech that the the TV camera's managed to get in the middle of. Inspiring his team, the midfielder screamed over the cheers from the crowd "We do not let this f***ing slip. We do not let this f***ing slip. We go again!"

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At the time it seemed like a moment that would be remembered for all the right reasons, focusing his teammates before one final push for the title, but unfortunately for the midfielder it was an incredible moment of foreboding.

Liverpool beat Norwich the following week, with City dropping points in midweek, meaning a showdown with Chelsea on April 27th could all but secure the league.

Of course Gerrard would contradict his own advice by quite literally letting things slip against Jose Mourinho's side.

The England midfielder slipped in injury time of a frustrating first half for Rodgers' side, that they dominated without scoring, allowing Demba Ba through on goal to score.

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The Blues went on to win the game 2-0, with Willian rounding off the scoring in injury time at the end of the game as Chelsea broke from a Liverpool corner.

More agony was to come for Gerrard and his teammates just eight days later when they faced Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, with their title hopes still alive.

Liverpool took a 3-0 lead in the 53rd minute, after goals form Joe Allen, Luis Suarez and an own goal from Damien Delaney, before the moment known as Crystanbul took place.

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Palace came back to draw 3-3 with three goals in nine minutes, Delaney grabbed the first before a brace from Dwight Gayle and Liverpool lost out on the title to City by just two points!

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Football, Premier League, Steven Gerrard

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