Steven Gerrard Says Liverpool Winning The Premier League Would Help Him Move On From Infamous Slip
Steven Gerrard says Liverpool winning the Premier League would help him move on from his costly slip against Chelsea back in 2014.
With a game in hand, Jurgen Klopp's unbeaten side are currently 13 points clear at the top after 20 games and look very good value to win a first league title in 30 years.
In recent years the club have come incredibly close but fell at the final hurdle - most memorably six years ago when Gerrard slipped and allowed Demba Ba to score the opening goal in a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at Anfield.
Liverpool blew a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace in their next game but the Gerrard slip well and truly blew the title race wide open and would lead to Manchester City pipping them to the title by a two point margin on the final day.
The slip, and subsequent failure to win the Premier League will have a permanent stain on Gerrard's career but the Reds legend says Liverpool following up last year's sixth European Cup triumph with a Premier League title will be a go a long way as far as helping him find closure.
"When I analyse it properly, I obviously understand it wasn't just that moment [that cost Liverpool the title], but still part of me in my head thinks it is.
"People say to me to make me feel better: 'It was over 28 games', but I still know behind what you're saying to me that moment was so big.
"Brendan said recently that Jordan Henderson's suspension killed us and it did... an own goal that Kolo Toure scored when we were winning at West Brom and drew the game and lost two points. All little things like that during the season, but it wasn't at that time, that moment against that team, so that's still behind all those people trying to soften it up for me.
"When Liverpool won the Champions League, I was looking around the fans thinking: 'They're all happy again', it made me feel better again. After Madrid, looking around they were all sad again, but the Champions League last year was a healing moment for me.
"I think winning the league would definitely play a part. And I think also my own personal stuff with Rangers, if I go on to have a successful season, I think that will help as well, because that was a f*cking tough moment, even tougher than what people probably think it was. The only time in a 20-year career I've been numb, like my body's felt numb."
In the same interview, Gerrard also picked Gianluigi Buffon, Paolo Maldini, Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi in his dream five-a-side team, overlooking Cristiano Ronaldo as the former England skipper is "more about a team player than an individual player".