What if: Steven Gerrard had never slipped against Chelsea
27th April 2014 was a fateful day that will forever be etched in Steven Gerrard’s memory. Everybody knows why. Those loyal to the Anfield club remember the heartache, and their rivals recall the pure glee they felt at witnessing that moment.
Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea was a cruel twist of fate.
With 35 games played, Liverpool were on top of the table with 80 points, Manchester City trailed them with 77 and Chelsea were third with 75. The Reds were favourites to win the title - their first in 24 years, and a win against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side would have all but confirmed it.
But in the last few seconds of the first half, Sakho played a simple pass to Gerrard in his own half, Gerrard had an uncharacteristically poor touch on the ball and slipped while trying to recover.
Demba Ba pounced on the ball and had a free run on goal before placing the shot past Simon Mignolet to give Chelsea the lead. Willian secured the points with another goal in added time of the second half.
Winning Liverpool’s first title in the Premier League era was supposed to be the fairytale ending to Gerrard’s illustrious career, but sadly it wasn’t to be. Manchester City went on to lift the title that year, on the last day of the season. It remains the only major club honour that the Liverpool captain hadn’t won in his time at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard’s slip was most definitely a momentous event in the history of the club and of the English Premier League. Things could have gone so differently had it not happened.
Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities of what may have been if the Liverpool captain had managed to keep his feet under himself.
#5 Gerrard would have had the perfect goodbye
Had he not slipped, Liverpool would’ve surely gone on to win the title that season. Gerrard would retire having won both his and Liverpool’s first ever English Premier League title.
He would finally complete his trophy collection and the story of his career would be the stuff of movies, and in the process, put an end to all the jibes from rivals about how Liverpool fans live in the past.
Even though Gerrard is already considered among Liverpool’s very best players and leaders, securing the title would’ve cemented his place as the greatest captain in the history of the club.
Also, Manchester United fans would have been forced to put a sock in it. Oh, how perfect and glorious it could have been.