Steven Gerrard admits that Liverpool winning the league wouldn't heal his wounds

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For all of Steven Gerrard's incredible achievements at Liverpool, the Premier League title always evaded him.

The legendary midfield managed to capture the League Cup, FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League yet simply couldn't end Liverpool's long wait for a league championship.

Liverpool weren't exactly regular challengers during Gerrard's 17 years at the club, but they managed to finish second during the 2008-09 and 2013-14 seasons.

And while the former was certainly an impressive season for Liverpool with just two defeats, it's the latter failure that stings the most and particularly for Gerrard himself.

The 38-year-old's slip during the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea is one of the most infamous moments in Premier League history and would ultimately cost Liverpool the title that season.

Gerrard's slip in 2014

Gerrard has spoken in the past about how much of a personal blow that mistake was, recalling how he took time to contemplate in Monaco in his autobiography.

Now managing Rangers, the success of the current Liverpool team has prompted Gerrard to reflect on that moment once again and he was asked whether it would provide solace.

However, speaking to the Daily Mail, even Liverpool ending their long wait for the Premier League title wouldn't heal his own wounds.

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Gerrard isn't sure the wounds would close

"That wound has been open since my experience and I am not sure it will close," Gerrard explained this week.

"I can't change that experience. It doesn't affect how I feel towards what I am looking in on now. I look at a squad, some of whom I am still friends with.

"I see a support that gave me absolutely everything and I see a manager who has been an open book with me.

"I just hope for their sake, and mine as a supporter, that come the end of the season they are victorious in the Premier League. But it won't make me or my wound feel any different if they are."

It doesn't mean that Gerrard isn't backing Liverpool all the way this season, but it wouldn't dispel the pain of 2014 and that's certainly understandable.

He also had a message for the current Liverpool squad on how to handle the pressure of the run-in, something they have done with a varying degree of success in recent weeks.

The club legend continued: "I don't want to give them a warning as warnings seem critical or panicky. 


"My advice, having played for those supporters for so long, would be not to overthink it. Just enjoy it. Believe in yourselves.

"It was difficult for me at times, on certain days. But I was local, a supporter who had been there since I was seven.

"When we were in that situation, I didn't feel suffocated by the fans. I felt they were right behind us and with us and wanted it so much."

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