WATCH - Gerrard lashes out in brutally honest interview

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Gerrard pulls few punches after Chelsea draw
Gerrard pulls few punches after Chelsea draw

With his duties as Liverpool skipper coming to an end later this month, Steven Gerrard is clearly feeling a freedom to speak his mind if his latest post-match interview is anything to go by.

Gerrard scored in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea and received polite applause from Stamford Bridge supporters who have delighting in chastising him during enduring reign as Liverpool's midfield talisman.

Chelsea came close to signing Gerrard back in 2004, with his relationship with the west London club's supporters frosty ever since.

When asked whether he was touched the standing ovation he was afforded in his last appearance at Stamford Bridge, the veteran midfielder offer this snipe in his post match interview with Sky Sports:

"Chelsea fans have shown me respect for a couple of seconds but slaughtered me all game," said Gerrard.

"I'm not going to get drawn into wishing them the Chelsea fans well, but it was nice of them to turn up today.

"What's important is the support from the Liverpool fans, they've been with me from day one."

The Reds skipper - who is set to join LA Galaxy in a few weeks time - also took the opportunity to put pressure on the club's owners to give boss Brendan Rodgers the cash to spend big this summer after a disappointing season for Liverpool.

"I think it's important the players get some rest and the owners dig deep to try and help Brendan and the lads out and try and make some additions and improve," he continued.

"There's a great core of players here, some great potential but it's important that you try and compete with the giant clubs in the league because they're going to spend big every single year and it's important to keep up."

Gerrard went on to hail Chelsea boss Mourinho as "the best manager in the world" and admitted he was tempted to sign for him when he was at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

"I had my head turned, but I'm a Liverpool fans and he understood why I couldn't leave," he added. "He is the best manager in the world. I have great respect for him."

Earlier in the afternoon, Gerrard had led Liverpool in offering a guard of honour to Chelsea, as a mark of respect for the newly crowned Premier League champions, even though he admitted he "didn't like doing it".