Steven Gerrard will never hear the end of the time he slipped and allowed Demba Ba in.
For the sake on context, here’s what happened on April 27, 2014. Liverpool fans, look away now.
The Reds were closing in on the Premier League title when Chelsea came to Anfield. Brendan Rodgers’ team had a three-point lead with three games remaining and were on an 11-game winning streak.
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But, in first-half stoppage time, Gerrard miscontrolled Mamadou Sakho’s pass and slipped. Ba latched onto the ball and you know the rest.
Though the Liverpool legend now plays in the United States, Chelsea fans still recite their favourite song when the two clubs meet. And they’ll continue to do so for as long as Liverpool’s Premier League drought lasts.
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You’ll hear the chant on Thursday when the teams go head-to-head in California in the International Champions Cup.
And you’ll also see a banner that further mocks Gerrard.
Cruel Chelsea fans have created a banner that brings up Gerrard’s failure to win a single Premier League title during his spell at Liverpool. By contrast, John Terry has lifted the trophy four times with the Blues.
Chelsea supporters have taken Gerrard’s humiliation a step further by referring to him as ‘Slippy G’. Ouch.
Hasn’t the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder suffered enough? The former England international admitted he couldn’t stop crying after helping Manchester City win the title in 2013-14.
“I sat in the back of the car and felt the tears rolling down my face,” Gerrard wrote for the Daily Mail. “I hadn't cried for years but, on the way home, I couldn't stop. The tears kept coming. I can't even tell you if the streets were thick with traffic or as empty as I was on the inside. It was killing me.
“I felt numb, like I had lost someone in my family. It was as if my whole quarter of a century at this football club poured out of me. I did not even try to stem the silent tears as the events of the afternoon played over and over again in my head.
“A simple pass rolled towards me near the halfway line. It was a nothing moment, a lull in our surge to the title. I moved to meet the ball. It slid under my foot. The twist came then. I slipped. I fell to the ground.
“The ball was swept away and the devastating Chelsea attack began. I clambered to my feet and ran with all my heart. I chased Demba Ba as though my life depended on it. I knew the outcome if I couldn't catch him. But it was hopeless. I couldn't stop him. Ba scored. It was over.”
Quite the storyteller, is Gerrard. Although we can’t imagine he likes telling that one too much.
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