Despite receiving a remarkable reception as he left the pitch during Liverpool’s draw with Chelsea, Steven Gerrard criticised the home fans at Stamford Bridge for the way they have acted towards him throughout his career.
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The 34-year-old – who is leaving the Reds for LA Galaxy in the summer – bagged the equaliser in the game, with a header just before half-time. And whilst he was unable to produce a moment of magic to win the game, his substitution signalled an incredible moment, as both sets of fans stood to applaud the midfielder, who will go down as one of the greatest players in Premier League history.
However, when asked about the ovation he received, Gerrard appeared to be in a less than complimentary mood about the home supporters, who he felt, had given him plenty of criticism during his career, and reminded him earlier in the game, of the slip that arguably cost Brendan Rodgers’s men the title last season, by waving posters mocking the former England captain.
“I was more happy with the ovation from the Liverpool fans,” Gerrard said.
“Chelsea fans have shown me respect for a couple of seconds but slaughtered me all day. What’s important is the support from the Liverpool fans, they’ve been with me from day one,” he added, according to BBC Sport.
“It was nice of them to turn up for once,” he added!