Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted he couldn’t stop crying after his now infamous slip against Chelsea towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Writing in his new autobiography - which is currently being serialised by the Daily Mail - Gerrard confessed the incident had a deep psychological effect on him after the match.
Gerrard’s slip allowed Demba Ba to score the opening goal of the match, as Chelsea went on to record a 2-0 win at Anfield which subsequently blew the title race wide open. It proved to be the start of Liverpool’s end-of-season capitulation, leading to Manchester City lifting the Premier League trophy instead of the Reds in May 2014.
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“I sat in the back of the car and felt the tears rolling down my face,” Gerrard writes. “I hadn't cried for years but, on the way home, I couldn't stop. The tears kept coming. I can't even tell you if the streets were thick with traffic or as empty as I was on the inside. It was killing me.
“I felt numb, like I had lost someone in my family. It was as if my whole quarter of a century at this football club poured out of me. I did not even try to stem the silent tears as the events of the afternoon played over and over again in my head.
“April 27 2014: one more victory and we would be almost certain to win the league for the first time since May 1990.”
More heartache at Crystal Palace
After losing 2-0 to Chelsea, Gerrard and Liverpool endured more gut-wrenching heartache a week later at Selhurst Park, conceding three goals in nine devastating second-half minutes to surrender their three-goal advantage against Crystal Palace.
It led to more tears, this time from Luis Suarez, before Manchester City went on to win their second Premier League title in three seasons.
Gerrard admits he felt isolated after slip
Reflecting back to that game against Chelsea, though, Gerrard adds: “The Kop, and the whole of Anfield, had sung You'll Never Walk Alone again, of course, but, in the car, I felt isolated. I felt very alone.
“The Liverpool anthem reminds you to hold your head up high when you walk through a storm. It reminds you not to be afraid of the dark. It reminds you to walk on through the wind and the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown, and to walk on with hope in your heart.
“I did not feel like I had much hope left. It seemed like I was heading for suicide watch instead.”
Gerrard would later be taunted by fans of various Premier League clubs for his infamous slip, but no longer has to suffer such humiliation after moving to the United States to play for LA Galaxy.
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