A year after Paul McGinley recruited Sir Alex Ferguson to speak to his players ahead of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Europe’s new captain Darren Clarke has revealed that he may turn to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to speak to his troops, as they attempt to retain the trophy for a fourth successive time, reports CaughtOffside.
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Clarke is a Liverpool fan, and explained that if he could organise something with the departing Anfield hero, then he would like the 34-year-old on board.
“There are a few people that I am thinking about. We’ll see. He [Gerrard] is a real legend. If I were to do something like that, he would be someone I would consider,” the 46-year-old said.
The matches will be played at Hazeltine in Minnesota next year, and Clarke will be hoping that the event doesn’t begin like it did the last time the competition was played on American soil at Medinah, when Jose Maria Olazabal’s men went into the final day 10-6 behind, having been outplayed by America for the first two days.
But if history does repeat itself, then Gerrard’s words may be the perfect catalyst for a turnaround, having been an integral part of one of sport’s greatest turnarounds, when his side came from 3-0 down to win the Champions League in 2005.