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Steven Gerrard reveals how Brendan Rodgers reacted after his slip v Chelsea

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Steven Gerrard has revealed what Brendan Rodgers said to him after his infamous slip at Anfield while playing for Liverpool against Chelsea in April 2014.

The former England international, who left the Merseyside outfit for LA Galaxy in the summer, claims Rodgers wasn’t angry with him for slipping over and effectively gifting a goal to Demba Ba.

Instead, Gerrard explains in his new book, My Story - per Yahoo Sport - that the Northern Irish coach asked the rest of the Liverpool team to bail out the all-action midfielder - just as the ex-Reds’ skipper had done for his teammates on so many occasions in the past.

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“I had been straining the whole half to make something happen, so had Luis (Suarez). Chelsea just kept blunting us. And then I’d slipped. The dressing room was hushed,” Gerrard reveals.

“Look,” Brendan said, imploring the other players, “if anyone deserves to be bailed out it’s him.” His finger pointed at me. “Your captain needs you to all pay him back. The amount of times he’s pulled this club out of a mess and changed impossible situations and got players out of trouble are the stuff of legend.

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“Now it’s time you repay him. You’ve got forty-five minutes to do it.” Brendan looked at me. “Stevie, forget it,” he said. “It happens. Let’s all go out and win this game. We can do it.”

Rodgers handled the situation well

Unfortunately for Liverpool, Rodgers’ half-time team talk failed to have the desired effect, as Chelsea went on to record a 2-0 win - blowing open the Premier League title race, in the process.

However, the way Rodgers handled the situation clearly impressed Gerrard, who has since admitted he was - and perhaps still is - devastated after the incident.

Despite the slip, which will go down as one of the most iconic moments in Premier League history, Gerrard will always be regarded as one of the best players - if not the best - in Liverpool’s long and illustrious history, and rightly so.

If anyone at Liverpool deserved an arm around the shoulder after a mistake in such a crucial match, it was the Anfield hero.

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