Yet again, cometh the hour, cometh the man, as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard equalised for his side right before half-time in the crucial Premier League clash with Chelsea.
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The champions had taken the lead after some sloppy marking allowed John Terry to become the league’s all-time highest scoring defender, when he headed home a Cesc Fabregas corner. But Rickie Lambert’s failure to pick up the Chelsea skipper was nothing compared to the terrible positioning that led to the Reds’ equaliser.
Gerrard was being picked up initially by John Obi Mikel for a free-kick late in the first-half, but as Jordan Henderson floated the ball in, the 34-year-old found himself free at the back post, and with the simple task of nodding the ball home from a couple of yards.
It is the second time in as many games that Gerrard – who is leaving the club in the summer – has come to the side’s rescue. Last week, his goal – another header – gave Brendan Rodgers’s men all three points against Queens Park Rangers.
This latest goal has kept the club’s very slim hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League alive.
Twitter has been quick to praise the departing midfielder as he got his side out of jail again:
Gerrard has won my respect. Legend.
— TOR (@TheOscarRole) May 10, 2015
There will only ever be one Steven Gerrard, can’t replace him
— LiverpoolFans (@LiverpoolFans1) May 10, 2015
I’ve said it before, i’ll say it again. Outrage that lfc have let gerrard go. Should have tied him up after the wc. The passion he has #lfc
— James Gill (@GillyJLFC) May 10, 2015
How can you like genuinely hate on Gerrard, he’s like one of the best midfielders of all time
— ted (@TedLevett2) May 10, 2015
Honestly, only got massive respect for Gerrard.
— Arvind (@EdenOfGondor) May 10, 2015
Don’t want gerrard to go