Steven Gerrard has admitted to having “mixed emotions” after watching Liverpool win the Premier League title and highlighted the two players who completed the “jigsaw”.
The now Rangers boss was so close to helping his beloved home town to lifting the title in 2014. Gerrard’s infamous slip though against Chelsea at Anfield allowed Demba Ba to score and Brendan Rodgers’ side lost 2-0 and the title slipped away.
Gerrard has spoken about the mental anguish from the day previously, but he has now admitted their 2020 triumph has helped him “bury a few demons”.
Liverpool will be presented with their maiden Premier League trophy following their Anfield date with Chelsea on Wednesday night. And while Gerrard says it was a “big relief” he has also admitted that his own experience has left him with plenty of anguish.
“First and foremost, for me it was fantastic to bury a few demons from 2014, it was certainly a big relief,” he said, speaking on BBC Sounds’ Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.
“Being a Liverpool fan and ex-player, I’ve known the big, long wait and I’m still in touch with a lot of the players that are in that dressing room so a lot of them shared that pain with me.
“It was fantastic for everyone connected to the club but it was mixed emotions in many ways because of my own experiences, being a fan and ex-player and a lot of my family are Liverpool fans as well.”
The jigsaw is complete with those two
While Jurgen Klopp’s front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah often taken the plaudits, Gerrard has singled out two players for special praise.
Both were big-money signings. Goalkeeper Alisson arrived from Roma in the summer of 2018 for £66.8m, while centre-back Virgil van Dijk arrived the previous winter from Southampton for £75m.
Gerrard added: “The two main pieces of the jigsaw looking at Liverpool very closely are the keeper (Alisson Becker) and (Virgil) Van Dijk, for obvious reasons.
“I think Liverpool were a good team and exciting team before Van Dijk and the keeper came, but they’ve just absolutely turned them into a world-class side and the jigsaw is complete with those two, they’re absolutely phenomenal.”
Meanwhile, Bristol City remain hopeful of landing Gerrard, despite reports the former Liverpool man had rejected the opportunity.
Bristol Live are reporting that Rangers boss Gerrard is Bristol City CEO Mark Ashton’s no.1 target to replace Lee Johnson.
Bristol City pushing for Gerrard
Johnson was axed at the start of July and the Championship outfit are hunting for a replacement.
TalkSPORT also claimed Gerrard “has absolutely no interest” in a move to the Championship club.
However, the latest report claims “Gerrard hasn’t categorically turned down the opportunity to succeed Lee Johnson” and City are hoping to tempt the 40-year-old south.
Apparently the Robins’ pursuit of the former England star is far from over and Ashton “still hopes to entice” the Gers boss to Ashton Gate.
In fact the club are “determined to land their man and are making a big final push for him”.