Steven Gerrard has gone to great lengths to make sure he is able to watch his former club Liverpool in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.
The 35-year-old spent 17 seasons at his boyhood club before moving to LA Galaxy at the end of last season.
The midfielder picked up nine trophies during his time at Anfield and he will be devastated that he’s not on the pitch on Sunday at Wembley.
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In fact, Gerrard was close to not being to watch the match at all.
“When Liverpool reached the final the first thing I did was check our fixture list, hoping to get to Wembley,”he wrote in his column for the Telegraph.
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Unfortunately for Gerrard, his side were due to fly to Mexico to prepare for their clash against Santos Laguna.
But the Liverpool legend wasn’t going to settle with not being able to watch the Reds in a domestic Cup final.
He immediately spoke to his boss Bruce Arena asking if there was anything he could do that would mean he could watch the match.
“I have to thank my manager Bruce Arena for allowing me to see the game at all.
“When I told Bruce the kick-off time, he pushed training and our flight to Mexico back an hour on Sunday to ensure I didn’t miss it.”
It’s that sort of passion that saw Gerrard become a hero at Anfield. A desire to overcome problems.
Liverpool number one fan
He admits there is still a large part of Liverpool running through his veins but it’s now as fan, rather than a player.
“I cannot deny it. Part of me wishes I was out there with them and it will feel strange watching Liverpool in a final on television in America,” he admitted.
“When I talk about Liverpool I still find myself talking about what ‘we’ can do."
He said: “Like with every Liverpool match this season, I will be watching but trying to kick every ball. I will feel like I have played.”
Gerrard’s former side will be looking to win their first trophy since their 2012 League Cup triumph against Cardiff.
Gerrard missed a penalty that day during the shoot-out but was soon lifting his final trophy for the club.
Praise for Klopp
The manager that day was another club legend - Kenny Daglish - but Gerrard had praise for Liverpool’s current boss Jurgen Klopp.
“I look at my old club under Klopp and I am certain they have appointed another winner,” he said.
“I can be sure he won’t be interested in trivial pre-match questions about going to Wembley, or cup final suits and all those other traditions.
“His obsession, just as it was for Houllier, Benitez and Dalglish, will be about how to bring that trophy to Anfield,” he concluded.
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