Rodgers refutes Gerrard’s claims over 2014 Chelsea loss

Date published: Saturday 19th May 2018 9:55

Brendan Rodgers has denied Steven Gerrard’s claim that there was ‘an over-confidence’ when Liverpool faced Chelsea in April 2014.

Liverpool lost 2-0 to Chelsea towards the end of the 2013/14 Premier League season, when a draw at Anfield would have kept them just ahead of Manchester City at the top.

It was Gerrard’s slip that proved so costly on the stroke of half-time, with Demba Ba scoring.

Chelsea would add another late on to confirm a calamitous result for Liverpool in their attempts to win the English top flight for the first time since 1990, and former captain Gerrard laid the blame at Rodgers’ feet.

Writing in his autobiography, new Rangers manager Gerrard stated that: ‘I sensed an over-confidence in Brendan’s team talks. We played into Chelsea’s hands.’

Talking to The Times, Rodgers finally offered a response.

“I don’t think I was more or less confident,” he said. “We’d won 11 on the bounce. You want to go in with confidence.

“The Chelsea game we played really well but it’s just unfortunate it [the slip, with Demba Ba scoring] happens right before half-time. We could have drawn but they score again at the death. It wasn’t pressure or anything like that. The last 14 games we won 12, drew one, lost one.

“Liverpool supporters take great pride in that team, the football we played, how close we came from being eighth when I came in. We probably moved too quickly. It created expectancy.

“From time to time I think of it. But the memories are incredible, the journey to get there. I don’t think of the ‘what ifs’.”


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