Steven Gerrard has spoken about Liverpool’s 2014 Premier League title charge after Raheem Sterling pretty much blamed the fans for putting too much pressure on the team.
Sterling said he felt “a lot more pressure” when playing for the Reds, compared to what he now experiences playing for Manchester City.
However, Gerrard has also been talking about us that season; he reckons our support isn’t a suffocating negative for Liverpool’s players, but an uplifting positive.
“It’s normal that the supporters want it more than anyone,” he told BBC Sport. “I was a local supporter who had been there since I was seven. It was difficult for me at times but I didn’t feel suffocated by fans.
“I saw it as a help rather than a hindrance because they were right behind us. The team have a great leader in Jurgen who, I am sure, is trying to take a lot of pressure and anxiety away from them.”
Talking about the Reds potentially winning the title this season, our former captain said that he wants us to win it but it won’t heal any of his open wounds.
“This wound’s been open since my experience,” said Gerrard. “I hope Liverpool [win] but it won’t make my wound feel any different.”
More specifically, Stevie was talking about his mistake during a game against Chelsea in 2014, which resulted in Demba Ba scoring and ultimately handed Manchester City the title.
“I don’t over-think and drive myself crazy over it but at the same time, I have been honest and open,” said Gerrard. “It was such a big year. It was the trophy that eluded me so of course I am always going to look back and wish it was different.”
We currently sit one point behind title rivals City in the league table – the first time we’ve ended a game week in second place this year.
With 27 points still to play for, the Reds aren’t destined to repeat the 2013/14 season, but it’s no longer in our hands and we need to play better than City over the next couple of months to bring the trophy home.