Gerrard is likely to be targeted in the League Cup semi-final this week.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken of his respect for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who is set to depart Anfield at the end of the season, and pleaded with his club’s supporters to show the former England international some respect when the two clubs meet in the League Cup semi-final first leg this week, report the Daily Star.
Gerrard is likely to be targeted by the Stamford Bridge faithful, who have relentlessly mocked the Liverpool skipper since he slipped to allow Demba Ba to score a crucial goal for Chelsea at Anfield last season – a goal that arguably cost Gerrard and Liverpool the title.
Mourinho has told his fans that they should focus on supporting their own team rather than targeting Gerrard, however, ahead of the League Cup match up:
“He’s an historical player for Liverpool, historical player for the Premier League and an opponent I have always admired and respected.”
“The song that my fans have I don’t like at all. A couple of times is good fun but to go and go and go on, especially with a player like him, who deserves respect, I don’t think you need that.”
“We have so many other songs, you don’t need that one.”