Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with Tottenham off the back of victories over West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Leicester City in their opening four matches, thus propelling them to top spot in the table. And that is where the Reds remain as goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino set them on their way to all three points at Wembley, as while Erik Lamela got one back for the hosts late on, it wasn’t enough to inspire a Spurs comeback.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about the Premier League title making its way to Anfield this season, what with it now 28 years since their last league triumph.
Yet they came agonisingly close to ending that lengthy wait back in 2014, only for captain and legend Steven Gerrard to slip at home to allow Demba Ba to race through and score the opener for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in their 2-0 win at Anfield on April 27, paving the way for Brendan Rodgers’ side to ultimately fall short to champions Manchester City.
The Reds went into their clash with the West London outfit off the back of an 11-match winning streak in the Premier League, and knowing that victory would have moved them eight points clear of the Blues with just two games left, and indeed six clear of eventual champions City.
Yet Gerrard’s costly slip just before half time allowed Ba to give Mourinho’s side the lead at Anfield, and while the hosts did all they could to get back into the game and thus keep their title hopes in their hands heading into the final few matches, Willian bagged a second to seal all three points for the West London giants.
The Reds then went on to throw away a three-goal lead to only draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace in their next league encounter, thus leaving them two points adrift of Manuel Pellegrini’s City heading into the final round of fixtures, which both sides won to ensure the title went to the Etihad Stadium and not Anfield.
Thus, it goes without saying just how costly and detrimental that slip from captain Gerrard was in the last knockings of the first half against Chelsea – Liverpool weren’t at their best against the Blues, but conceding right at the death and instead going in 1-0 down as opposed to 0-0 left them with much to do second half, which they simply weren’t able to do.
One wonders exactly how that match, and thus the rest of the season, would have panned out had the now-Rangers manager kept his footing, but many look back at that moment in particular as the moment that Liverpool threw away the chance to be Premier League champions.
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