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Six Years Later And Steven Gerrard Admits He STILL Thinks About The Slip Against Chelsea "All The Time"

Six Years Later And Steven Gerrard Admits He STILL Thinks About The Slip Against Chelsea "All The Time"

His slip against Chelsea in 2014 played a huge part in Liverpool missing out on the Premier League title.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare

Steven Gerrard has described his 'haunting' slip against Chelsea as "a real, brutal, cruel low in my life", six years on from the incident.

With three games left of the 2013/14 season, Liverpool faced their title rivals in a potentially title-winning clash at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers' side, who were on an eleven game winning streak, sat three points clear of Manchester City at the time and this was, without doubt, the perfect moment to stretch their lead in the title race.

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.

It allowed Demba Ba to latch onto the ball, run through unopposed and slot it past a helpless Simon Mingolet.

It was a moment that Gerrard would never forget. In fact, the 40-year-old admits the slip still haunts him to this day.

"I park it up but it comes back, all the time," the Rangers manager told The High Performance Podcast.

"What triggers it? I don't know. TV. Images. Just me reflecting. I am someone who thinks a lot. I always try to tap into experiences.

"This is not a thing that happens every single day, but it was such a big moment. I've had lots and lots of moments, some incredible moments, which I never dreamed of.

"But your career takes you to some lows as well. It would be easy if you lifted the carpet, pushed them under and you never thought about them again. But I don't think that's ever going to be the case."

Image: Sky Sports
Image: Sky Sports

Gerrard went on to describe how the moment not only affected himself, but those connected with the football club.

"I know not only did it hurt me, it hurt a lot of people who had followed this club for many, many years.

"Liverpool fans commit themselves to that club. They love the club, it's in the heart. I've lived with it for 20 years and more.

"I knew what that meant, that Premier League (title), to an awful lot of people. My own family, to me. I mean, the way the club were with me, during that time, which will remain private."

Demba Ba also opened up on the incident in 2019 and speaking to The Sun, he admitted to having no sympathy for the Liverpool captain at the time.

"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.

"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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Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Chelsea, Football, Demba Ba, Steven Gerrard