Chelsea thought they had signed Steven Gerrard

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke revealed that the Blues thought they had signed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after the stunning 2005 Champions League final triumph over AC Milan.

Liverpool fans were stunned by reports that their talisman was considering leaving the club following one of their most iconic moments, but he eventually decided to extend his deal rather than move to Stamford Bridge.

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Clarke, though, has claimed that Chelsea believed they had got their man, only for Gerrard to have a change of heart.

“At the time we thought it was a done deal," Clarke told talkSPORT. "He decided to stay at Liverpool."

“Obviously he’s had a great career. He’s been a fantastic servant for Liverpool and is probably leaving the Premier League a bit early."

Jose Mourinho had revealed before Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool this week that he had hoped to create a midfield trio of Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele and Gerrard but, alas, it did not transpire for the west London club.

Mourinho said: “We did everything to try [to sign him] and it was almost there.”

The Chelsea manager suggested that Gerrard’s departure from the Premier League was premature. Mourinho said he was “sorry” that the Liverpool captain was leaving Anfield at the end of the season, and even joked he would try to bring the 34-year-old to Chelsea on loan.

Former England captain Gerrard will end his association with Liverpool, joining MLS side LA Galaxy this summer, although there have been suggestions that he could return to Anfield during the MLS off-season.

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