Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has recalled his emotions as he watched Steven Gerrard’s now-infamous slip which saw the team drop out of the Premier League title race in 2014.
Chelsea travel to Anfield on Sunday, but fans will be hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2014. Liverpool were just three games away from sealing the league title, but a first-half slip from Steven Gerrard gifted Demba Ba an opening goal. Chelsea went on to win 2-0, and the league title went to Manchester City.
He said: “I was on the halfway line with a horrible view of what happened. But hopefully we’ll be able to make things right and it’ll be us that wins 2-0.
“If you asked fans now about 2013/14, they’d say the team gave everything, even if it wasn’t enough. Whatever happens, hopefully that’s the way they’ll see this.
“Everybody watching the season will have respect for both [Liverpool and Manchester City]. Not being big-headed or anything but our team has shown it’s world class and one of the best in recent years in the Premier League.
🤫 “Don’t talk about it. Forget it”
Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool fans to forget about the ‘Gerrard slip’ incident v Chelsea from 2014 as they prepare to face the Blues this weekend in an another huge game in the title race.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 12, 2019
“Going toe-to-toe with one of the best, if not the best, Premier League teams ever in City is astonishing. Whether it’s us or any other team that deserves respect.”
Unlike in 2014, City already have the advantage in the title race. They currently sit just two points behind Liverpool, but can move ahead if they win their game in hand against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Liverpool may need a positive result against Chelsea to return to the top of the table, but the memory of Gerrard’s slip will certainly play a part in the game. Fans of the Blues can often be heard taunting Gerrard for his costly mistake, and their chants will almost certainly be heard from the first minute on Sunday.