Steven Gerrard says the “open wound” created by Liverpool’s failure to win the Premier League in 2014 will not be healed even if Jurgen Klopp ends their 29-year wait for the title this season.
Captain Gerrard’s costly slip gifted Chelsea a goal at Anfield in a game that ended in defeat and ultimately led to Manchester City winning the title.
“This wound’s been open since my experience [in 2014],” said Gerrard.
“I hope Liverpool [win] but it won’t make my wound feel any different.”
Only goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and defender Martin Skrtel played more times during that Premier League campaign than Gerrard, who is now manager of Scottish club Rangers. Only Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored more than his 13 Premier League goals.
But his season, for some his entire career, was defined in that one moment as Chelsea forward Demba Ba seized on Gerrard’s failure to keep his feet five years ago when Liverpool’s destiny was in their own hands.
“I don’t over-think and drive myself crazy over it but at the same time, I have been honest and open,” said Gerrard.
“It was such a big year. It was the trophy that eluded me so of course I am always going to look back and wish it was different.”