Steven Gerrd still haunted by slip against Chelsea

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Steven Gerrard has admitted his costly slip against Chelsea last season still haunts him to this day.

Liverpool looked to be running away with the Premier League title and end their 24 year drought without lifting the top flight trophy last season.

The Reds met Chelsea in April and only needed a draw to stay ahead of Manchester City in the league. At 0-0, Liverpool were comfortably dominating the game without penetrating Jose Mourinho's defence and the game looked likely to end a goalless stale-mate.

However, just before half-time Gerrard slipped when on the ball and gifted Demba Ba an easy one-on-one chance against Simon Mignolet and the Senegal international slotted home to give the Blues the lead.

Liverpool went on to lose the game 2-0 with Willian grabbing a late win and following a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace, were leapfrogged by Manchester City and finished second in the league.

Gerrard now leaves for Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy after 17 years with the Merseyside outfit winning multiple trophies including the Champions League in 2005, however, never won a league title.

And the 35-year-old will always regret his iconic slip.

“The slip happened at a bad time, it was cruel for me personally,” said Gerrard, per the Guardian.

“There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about what if that didn’t happen. Would things have been different? Would it have turned out different? Maybe it might of, I don’t know.”

Disappointing Follow-Up

Following their almost title-winning season, many expected Brendan Rodgers' side to once again challenge again this term.

Luis Suarez was sold for £75 million to Barcelona and there was a major reshape at Liverpool. Over £100 million was spent at Anfield with the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli joining the Reds.

It was quantity not quality that Rodgers opted for as the Liverpool manager prepared for life in the Champions League.

Unfortunately, the Northern Irishman's plan failed as the Reds were dumped out of Europe's elite club competition in the group stage and finished a lacklustre sixth in the league.

Life Without Gerrard

After carrying Liverpool for 17 years through thick and thin, Gerrard will now move elsewhere.

He will be difficult to replace, however, Rodgers has to be prepared to replace Gerrard for the first game of the season.

Jordan Henderson will likely take the captaincy over and he was given plenty of authority last season in the middle of the park.

James Milner has been signed on a free transfer from Manchester City and he will likely be used plenty by Rodgers next season. Emre Can was mainly used as a centre-back in his maiden season at Anfield, however, could be promoted into midfield after impressing during the Under-21s European Championship for Germany in recent weeks.

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