Video: Steven Gerrard says losing the league in 2014 will hurt until he dies
In an interview with Rio Ferdinand to be broadcast on BT Sport 1 tonight, Steven Gerrard reveals just how much pain not winning a league title with Liverpool causes him.
The interview, to be broadcast tonight at 10pm, covers a whole host of topics, including Luis Suarez, playing against the likes of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira and his role with England but the most interesting section is his discussion on never winning the league with Liverpool and the great opportunity missed in the 2013-14 season.
Gerrard admits just how much that infamous slip, and the loss of the title, hurt him and how much it still hurts him.
Asked by Ferdinand where the mistakes came in losing the title two seasons ago, he said:
"Well I think that game against Chelsea with the slip and I think our tactical approach was probably inexperienced for the whole game," Gerrard said. "Going out to try and blow Chelsea away. A lot of teams we played prior to that game were blowing them away comfortably.
"Suarez and Sturridge were on fire. Sterling was coming in. I was in good form myself and we got to the city game and it was a little bit we were in front controlling it, then we were on the back foot and we managed to get over the line and we put that much into the game the initial huddle after the game was just shear emotion.
"And also being in a position where we felt like it was ours and we were playing that well I sort of just felt like it was the right time to have a huddle and just remind the players the team that we’ve got a lot of hard work to do. So the atmosphere was obviously great at that time.
"Going into the Chelsea game I think because we were in a good run and good form and no fault to Brendan at all, but we sort of went in with the same tactics, you know?
"We heard Chelsea possibly making a few changes and we actually have the confidence we can blow them away but I think sort of underestimated the power of Mourinho.
"He came and he spoilt the game. He ruined it. He had them very hard to beat. He had all the units. He spoilt the game and he even said after he was quoted we came to spoil the party. The slip happened at a bad time, it was cruel for me personally. There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about what if that didn’t happen.
"Would things have been different? Would it have turned out different? Maybe it might of, I don’t know, but even still it happened after half an hour and we still had the time to get the draw we needed and the inexperience showed from myself having not been in many title races and the inexperience of the team, our reaction was to go chase it and hunt it down and try and make up for that cruel moment and we lost our way.
"We went gung ho instead of being more controlled and maybe just being a little bit more calculated in the way we went about it for the equaliser.
"I think to myself if I’d have got that league it would have been the icing on the cake. But what helps me with it is that I’ve got the cake. I’ve achieved a lot of dreams with a team that has never ever been the favourite. I’ve had some incredible moments from a young kid on a council estate.
"I’ve got memories, good memories that will live with me forever but that is one moment will always hurt me until the day I go and it’s because if I’d have got that moment, I’d have achieved every dream with Liverpool. And as a man it hurts."
Steven Gerrard was speaking to Rio Ferdinand as part of ‘Rio Meets Steven Gerrard’ which will air on BT Sport tonight at 10pm on BT Sport 1.
Watch ‘Rio Meets Steven Gerrard’ on BT Sport 1 from 10pm Wednesday 24th June.
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