One of the greatest regrets for Steven Gerrard has been the inability to win the Premier League title despite a glittering career that saw him win a whole host of other trophies including the Champions League.
The closest Gerrard came to winning the title was in two seasons when the club finished as the runners up. Now, Liverpool are in a position to challenge for the title for the first time since the departure of Gerrard. Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes that the absence of the former Liverpool captain would actually be a blessing in disguise for the Merseyside outfit.
Gerrard is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders to have graced the Premier League since the turn of the millennium. However, Liverpool became so heavily concentrated on this one-star player that they forgot functioning as a team according to Giggs. The former United winger says that the absence of Gerrard means that the club has had an opportunity to replace the former England international with someone who would fit seamlessly into the team and not stand out. Read more »
Everton midfielder Gareth Barry is of the opinion that Ross Barkley can one day become like the Steven Gerrard of Everton but he needs to come up with performances on a more consistent basis.
Barkley is seen as one of the latest highly talented youngster from the famed Everton youth academy. Over the years, several top stars like Wayne Rooney have emerged from these stables. After having been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City in the last few years, Everton have been able to keepBarkley even without the European football.
After recently undergoing a managerial change to bring Ronald Koeman to Goodison Park, the club has spent substantial amount of money in order to aim for European qualification on a regular basis. As a youngster,Barkley will know that he will have to face a lot of disappointments as he gains experience. One of the latest has come in the form of being left out of the England squad by manager Sam Allardyce. Even thoughBarkley has started the season in sparkling form, he has missed out on the squad announced by the new manager. Forcing his way into the new manager’s thoughts will be extremely difficult, but Barry reckons that it is possible with consistent performances.
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Steven Gerrard has revealed that Roma forward Francesco Totti is the one player he has always wanted to play with.
Roma’s one club man Totti has been serving the club for more than 25 years, but he will represent to the club for one last season. He has announced his decision to retire from the game at the end of the 2016-17 season. He will take part in his final pre-season of his career and Gerrard has the possibility to celebrate this occasion by taking part in the friendly games. Roma are currently in the United States playing against the likes of Liverpool and Montreal Impact.
Gerrard also came close to being one of the few one club players in the world before he joined LA Galaxy on a two-year contract last summer. He had resisted the urge to join Chelsea back in 2005. Even though Totti has had opportunities and offers from different clubs across Europe, he resisted the chance to move even though it meant that he has won fewer titles in his career. The 39-year-old has made more than 750 appearances for Roma since making his debut in the 1992-93 season. However, he has managed to win only one league title in all these years. Read more »
Steven Gerrard feels for the young English players, who, he says, are almost afraid right now because of heavy media scrutiny after a shameful show in France, but, he reckons it’s for the good of them as they would now be tougher personalities .
The legend, who has only had about two years out of international Football, reckons having been through a bad experience once, a player would never desire to be through it again and thus he would labour as hard as possible so that it doesn’t get wrong next time for him.
According to the Galaxy playmaker, like all the other people who live and breathe soccer in England, he was also optimistic and had not anticipated a knock-out at the hands of a team which had barely had any top drawer Footballer and that too before the quarter final.
The quarter final was the lowest stage the previous skipper had foreseen the Three Lions making it to, but, not to be, causing much frustration to him as to the entire nation.
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Speaking at a question and answer session in the States, Steven Gerrard has told fans that he will return to Liverpool at some point of his career.
He said that he missed his hometown as well as his friends and that he will return at the appropriate time.
However, he was keen to state that this is not going to be in the immediate future as he is still happy at LA Galaxy. He said that he did not want to create any rumors that he is going to leave the club soon.
He stated that he and his family were happy to live in California, but there are some things that he missed. For instance, he missed some friends and relatives residing in England and above all he missed going to Liverpool game.
He added that he has spent 35 years in Liverpool and that Liverpool is his home. Although he considers California as a second home, he said that there is nothing compared to life in Liverpool. Indeed, this is the place where he has grown, and this is where his friends and relatives are. Read more »
Jamie Carragher has branded the Europa League comeback against Borussia Dortmund as one of the best nights at Anfield in the club’s history.
Liverpool secured a 4-3 win over the German outfit in order to progress to the Europa league semifinals 5-4 on aggregate. The two teams had managed a 0-0 draw in the first leg. Dortmund were one of the favourites to win the tournament and looked in an extremely strong position after taking a 2-0 lead in their away game at Anfield. However, Liverpool responded in brilliant fashion.
Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang have been regarded as a lethal partnership in European football. Liverpool were stunned after conceding two goals inside the opening 10 minutes. Yet, they managed to not get deflated with the setback. Belgian international Origi pulled one back just at half-time, but the two-goal advantage was restored by striker Marco Reus in the 57th minute. Even then, Liverpool refusal to accept defeat saw them go on a stunning spree in the last 30 minutes. Philippe Coutinho and defender Sakho scored to get the club back on level terms, but they still needed a goal because Dortmund were going through on away goals. The most impressive comeback was completed with an injury time goal from defender Lovren to sign Liverpool through. Read more »