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?Football has had more that its fair share of memorable moments in the past. Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ and Sergio Agüero’s famous ‘AGUEROOOOOO’ goal are just two of thousands, but then there’s…the slip.
A slip which broke the internet. A slip which the world into meltdown. A slip which is still a major part of the football world today.
It was 27 April 2014. Liverpool had played 35 Premier League matches and were top of the league thanks to a victory over Manchester City two weeks earlier. In an outpouring of emotion, Steven Gerrard warned his teammates that their lead at the top of the table “does not f*****g slip”.
?Chelsea’s visit to Anfield was the last real test, and ?Liverpool were blessed by the news that José Mourinho was set to field a reserve side to ensure his Chelsea stars remained fit and healthy for an upcoming ?Champions League semi-final.
Mark Schwarzer lined up in goal. A debuting
Perhaps flustered by the loss to Chelsea, Liverpool threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with ?Crystal Palace in their next game. It was almost like they wanted City to win the league.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side obliged, winning their game in hand and sealing the title on the final day of the season with a 2-0 win over ?West Ham United. For Liverpool, the dream was dead, and the loss to Chelsea was the catalyst.
They had been unusually disjointed against the Blues. Kalas had put in the kind of performance which he could only dream of. Absolutely every single thing went right for Mourinho’s men.
To this day, you will hear fans across the country – particularly Stamford Bridge – singing to remind the world that ‘Steve Gerrard, Gerrard slipped on his f*****g arse and gave it to Demba Ba. Steve Gerrard, Gerrard’.
One loss of footing, and the world was changed forever.
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