Steven Gerrard played what could have been his last game at Stamford Bridge. Although the Liverpool legend does not ply his trade for the west London side, Gerrard is certainly seen by the Chelsea fans as a hero.
With Jose Mourinho revealing his attempts to sign the Reds skipper on three separate occasions, Chelsea fans could argue that Gerrard did much more for them in a Liverpool shirt than he could have ever done in a Chelsea jersey.
After the game finished 1-1 and potentially scuppered Liverpool's chances for a place in Europe last weekend, Gerrard made some comments in regards to the standing ovation he received from the Chelsea fans.
"I'm not going to get drawn into wishing the Chelsea fans well, it was nice of them to turn up for once today.
"I was more happy with the ovation from the Liverpool fans. I think the Chelsea fans have shown respect for a couple of seconds, but they've slaughtered me all game."
Gerrard was of course referring to the slip he made at Anfield last season which saw Liverpool lose the chance to claim the Premier League title for the first time in 25 years.
The costly slip earned Gerrard the nickname 'Slippy-G,' and a football chant was even created by the Chelsea fans in reference to the unfortunate incident.
But it was not just this mistake made by Gerrard that Chelsea have benefited from. Gerrard first lent a helping hand to Chelsea in 2003 after a couple of yellow cards saw the Liverpool hero walk off the pitch early.Chelsea went on to win and clinch a crucial Champions League spot in a game that was dubbed the ‘£20m match.’
In 2005, Gerrard was heavily linked with a move away from Anfield as Mourinho set his sights on bringing the Liverpool captain to Stamford Bridge. It was a fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool in the Carling Cup Final that would further fuel this rumour.
Cup Finals are where the biggest players step up and leave their mark, and who better than Liverpool Captain, Steven Gerrard? Chelsea's Carling Cup hopes were dwindling after Liverpool led 1-0 until the 79th minute.
This was until Gerrard headed a Paulo Ferreira free-kick into his own net. Many believed that this was Gerrard's first goal for Chelsea as speculation heated about his move to west London.
Chelsea eventually won the final 3-2 after goals from Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman in extra-time. Whilst Gerrard wouldn't go on to score anymore goals for Chelsea, he would have a hand in helping Chelsea to a Premier League trophy after another error against the Blues.
A stray Gerrard back-pass to the keeper was latched onto by Drogba who finished neatly. This ensured that Chelsea still had the advantage at the top of the table during the 2009/2010 season.
Gerrard has certainly been a key player to Chelsea's success in recent years, especially whetting the appetite of Mourinho who claimed his first title for the club after a Capital Cup Final win over Liverpool. This was of course just the start of what was to come.
Although Gerrard was targeted by many Chelsea fans because of letting the title 'slip' last season, his contribution to the game shouldn't be overshadowed by this. With his last game coming against Crystal Palace this weekend, Gerrard is sure to receive the sendoff he deserves at Anfield.
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