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Steven Gerrard put Arsene Wenger in his place after his comments following 2001 FA Cup final

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The only trophy to elude Steven Gerrard in his career was the Premier League.

The former Liverpool midfielder will always be reminded about that slip against Chelsea, that played a part in the Reds throwing away the title in 2013-14.

He was asked about that moment in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, in which it was revealed that he’d had an epidural injection to manage pain in his back before the match.

"Don't think that is an excuse,” he said, honestly. "What happened was just pure bad luck.”

Gerrard prefers to look back on the good times. The 2005 Champions league final, or the 2006 FA Cup win over West Ham.

That victory against the Hammers has gone down as Gerrard’s final. But it wasn’t the first time that the former midfielder lifted the FA Cup trophy.

He was part of the Liverpool side that defeated Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium in 2001.

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Gerrard put Wenger in his place

Arsenal led 1-0 thanks to Freddie Ljungberg’s goal but a five-minute brace from Michael Owen secured a 2-1 win for Gerard Houllier’s Reds.

Arsene Wenger isn’t known as a magnanimous coach and he was bitter at full-time, saying: “You couldn’t say Liverpool deserved to win, as we dominated for most of the game.”

It led to a fierce response from Gerrard in his 2007 autobiography.

“Some Arsenal people were graceless in defeat,” he wrote. “I couldn’t believe the reaction of Arsene Wenger and Ljungberg, for instance.

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“They moaned on in the post-match interviews, saying. ‘Liverpool didn’t deserve it. We did. It would be us with the winner’s medals.’

“No-one likes a sore loser, and no-one loses as sorely as Arsenal.

“Wenger and Ljungberg kept complaining about the hand-balls. Get real, boys. That’s football. Grow up.

“I left Arsenal to their sour grapes and went off for some beer.”

Talk about putting someone in their place.

We're sure Gerrard enjoyed that beer. He probably sunk a few more afterwards.

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Steven Gerrard
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Arsene Wenger
Arsenal
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