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Steven Gerrard vs Chelsea back in 2014.

Steven Gerrard opens up on infamous slip during Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea in 2014

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Steven Gerrard's first gig as a manager has been far from plain sailing.

The Liverpool legend decided to take a huge risk in becoming the new Rangers boss and was tasked with rebuilding the club to their past greatness.

So far, there's been a clear improvement under Gerrard's rule, but there have been negative outbursts from the manager and a few dreadful results.

Nevertheless, Rangers sit third in the Scottish Premiership table after 12 games, just two points behind Celtic.

Not a bad start, but his managerial career is unlikely to be as successful as his playing one - which is not an insult at all.

Gerrard will go down as one of the greatest Liverpool captains and players of all time, memorably lifting the Champions League in 2005.

However, the one trophy that eluded him throughout his career was the Premier League.

Liverpool came closest in 2013/14, but Gerrard's infamous slip against Chelsea in the third-to-last game of the season proved fatal.

Demba Ba scored, the Reds lost 2-0 and the initiative was handed to Manchester City.

Gerrard challenges Ba

Sadly for Gerrard, his fall is one of the most iconic moments in the history of English football and he spoke about the ordeal in an interview with the Daily Mail.

And the 38-year-old revealed for the first time that he was actually in no condition to play that game; because he needed an epidural injection to manage back pain.

Gerrard explained how he had to reveal the detail in his upcoming biopic 'Make Us Dream'.

Dominic King wrote: "For instance, one previously untold story is about Liverpool's title-decider with Chelsea in April 2014 — the match in which Gerrard's fateful slip enabled Demba Ba to score.

Gerrard as Rangers boss

"Gerrard needed an epidural injection to manage the pain from a back problem. By rights, he could have missed the game."

Gerrard then gave his thoughts on the issue, saying: "Don't think that is an excuse. What happened was just pure bad luck but, when you do a book or film, especially with people who have won Oscars and made films such as Amy (the biopic of the late Amy Winehouse) and Senna, you must be as honest and open as you can."

While he says it's not an excuse, it would partly explain his sub-par performance that day.

A lesson to all footballers that playing through the pain barrier isn't always the best thing to do.

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