Luis Suarez talks about Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s slip
The former Liverpool striker talks about Steven Gerrard's infamous slip
Luis Suarez says he doesn’t know how Steven Gerrard coped after the Liverpool captain’s infamous slip against Chelsea in April.
The long-serving Reds midfielder lost his footing to allow Blues striker Demba Ba to steal the loose ball and finish past Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool lost 1-0 and surrendered control of the Premier League title race to Manchester City, finishing two points behind eventual champions.
And Suarez, who moved to Barcelona in a £75m deal this summer, was devastated to see the 34-year-old Liverpool midfielder cost his boyhood club the title.
“If I had been in Stevie’s shoes, I don’t know if I would have been able to carry on playing,” Suárez wrote in his new autobiography, Crossing The Line. “Emotionally, it must have been very, very hard.
“In the previous weeks, so much had been said about him, the expectation had built so much, the talk had been about him leading Liverpool, his club, to a first title in over 20 years, on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which his cousin had died, and then that happens. The captain, the former youth-teamer, the one-club man, a Scouser born and bred, and he was the unlucky one to make a crucial mistake.
“He still hadn’t won the league title. Stevie had started to believe, we all had. And now it had been virtually taken away from him and like that, with him slipping against Chelsea. I’m convinced that if Chelsea had not scored like that, they would not have scored at all. And once you are a goal down against them, it’s virtually impossible.”
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