In some interesting quotes carried in the Express via the Make Us Dream documentary, now Rangers manager and former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard brought up the subject of when all the transfer talk was leading him making the switch to Stamford Bridge.
(Then-Chelsea manager Jose) Mourinho liked me as a player and everyone knew he was a serial winner in the making.”
That is what started to grip my thoughts and my ambition.”
Jose Mourinho at the time could do very little wrong (how perceptions have changed in 2018) at the time and that combined with another former manager was only making the case to transfer to west London that bit more appealing.
Rafa Benitez, former Blues but Liverpool manager at the time was apparently not giving Gerrard the love and support that the midfielder needed at the time, which could have very well led to one of England’s top players don the blue of Chelsea;
And Rafa’s coldness just added fuel to that fire.”
If I’m not loved and respected, and he doesn’t rate me as much as I think he should, the thought of leaving creeps in.”
Blues fans can only wonder what a midfielder duo of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard would have operated (forgetting their international appearances together).
The ex-midfielder has had a number of moments against Chelsea in the past, but Blues fans will be quick to bring up the infamous slip from April 2014 – Gerrard miscontrolled a relatively simple pass and slipped to allow former striker Demba Ba to score at Anfield. The result all-but ended Liverpool’s title charge that season.

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