Liverpool went five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with only four games remaining in the 2013/14 season after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were on the verge of history, well on their way to becoming the first Liverpool side to deliver a league title since the beginning of the Premier League era.
Captain, Steven Gerrard, gathered his team together in the middle of the pitch at full-time. Visibly extremely emotional, it was clear for all to see what this win meant to the boyhood ‘Pool supporter. He knew how close he now was to achieving a lifelong dream of getting his hands on that coveted Premier League crown. All they had to do was see out the remaining fixtures safely and the title was theirs…
“This does not f**king slip!”
Well, we all know what happened next, don’t we?
Liverpool’s title run-in capitulated in the most dramatic of fashions before our very eyes. They fell at home to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea following Gerrard’s well documented slip up before surrendering a 3-0 lead away to Crystal Palace, eventually drawing 3-3.
City took full advantage of their rival’s collapse to take the title. The wait for the first league title since 1990 continues on Merseyside.
Speaking at an event in Belfast on Monday night dubbed “Steven Gerrard Live,” the ex-Reds skipper opened up about how he wishes he had reacted differently to that massive win over Man City. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but Stevie admitted that at the time, his emotions got the better of him.
“I wish I could go back to that day (against City).
“If I could rewind the clock that would be the day I would go back to and try and go the other way with a bit of calmness and a bit of realisation where we were at that time,” he stated.
“It was passion, emotion and it was real and I felt in the moment we did need that.
“But now, in hindsight, I would probably have gone a bit more calmer and realised who we still had to play.”
The club hero went on to explain how that slip still haunts him, and probably will forever more.
“That was the most difficult day in my life and still is.
“No matter what happens to me to the day I die that will be the most difficult day of my life because it is difficult to erase it. It was a tough time.
“To this day it still haunts me a bit, it still hurts. I’m the type of person that setbacks drive me on. I won’t give up trying to make up for that as long as I live.
“With the Chelsea one the reason I can’t accept it is because it was bad luck.
“If I had given a pass away or tried a turn and got it wrong or scored an own goal I wouldn’t be able to live with myself or deal with it. When it is a stroke of bad luck I have to get on with it and try to make it amends for it,” Gerrard concluded.
The former England midfielder never did get his hands on the Premier League trophy for his beloved local boyhood team who he captained for twelve years, but did collect a UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and of course, that famous Champions League in his time at Anfield before departing in 2015 for LA Galaxy. Now retired as a player as of last November, Stevie G is back at the club he loves, cutting his teeth in the coaching game.