Steven Gerrard Bids a Bittersweet Farewell to Chelsea and Stamford Bridge

The Chelsea fans showed respect for a couple of seconds for me, but slaughtered me all game so I’m not going to get drawn into wishing the Chelsea fans well.

It’s nice of them to turn up for once today. The standing ovation from a stadium is always nice, but what’s important to me is the Liverpool fans and they have been there since day one.

~ Steven Gerrard

Spoken like a true competitor and like a Red through and through.  And I think it’s great.  There was just the right amount of respect and disdain from both sides.  The Chelsea fans appreciate Gerrard and his commitment to Liverpool as well as his passion for the game.  But they aren’t about to give him a farewell tour and shower him with gifts a la Derek Jeter with the Yankees. They are Chelsea fans and while they admire him, they also don’t care for him or Liverpool. So they applaud him when he leaves the pitch as a sign of respect for his career, but howl at him while he’s on the pitch trying to score against their beloved Blues. A sense of humanity swept over the Chelsea faithful as they saw one of their favorite pantomime villains leave the stage for the last time.  I can only imagine that the loss of Gerrard will allow them to turn their animus to their own players as they seem to rule atop the Premier League without any clear rivals.

But not that Gerrard is bitter about the reception from the fans or would expect anything different.  He wasn’t looking for a warm reception, which is why he used the chance to get in one last jab at the Chelsea fans.  He wasn’t seduced by the applause as he left the field.  He thanked them for the kind gesture, but reminded them that they will always be second class to the fans at Anfield that have supported him from the beginning.

Jamie Carragher Quote: On Winning the Champions League

Istanbul. Nothing will beat that will it? Champions League Final. I never won the league. It’s a disappointment and maybe if we’d won that I could compare the two. We won FA Cups, Carling Cup, but nothing compared to the Champions League. It’s the biggest and best trophy you can win in club football and that’s what we achieved.

~ Jamie Carragher, 15 May 2013

Jamie Carragher ascended to the pinnacle of club football in his career by winning the Champions League, but regrets never winning the Premier League title. He retires at the end of the 2012 – 2013 season. He joined Liverpool in 1990 and signed his professional contract with the club in 1996.

Rafa Benitez Quote: I am talking about facts

For all the managers, they need to know, only Mr. Ferguson can talk about the futures, can talk about the refs, can talk about all these things. Nothing happens.

We need to know I am talking about facts. I am not talking about my impression. Things everybody can see every single week.

~ Rafa Benitez, 9 January 2009

Classic rant from Rafa Benitez. Benitez is responding to complaints from Sir Alex Ferguson about Liverpool’s favorable treatment. Rafa proceeds to pull out a laundry list of “facts” that show why Manchester United is favored. The moral, as always, don’t mess Sir Alex Ferguson. If you want to make him mad, beat him!

 

 

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Brendan Rogers on the gap between Liverpool and Manchester United

It does hurt when you’ve been a club of this standing for so many years and the reality is that you’ve fallen behind. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that. But it also brings great motivation and enhances my commitment to show that we’re going to fight to keep moving forward.

You can’t control everything but certainly what you can control is your spirit and the level to which you look to perform on the field.

~ Brendan Rogers, 22 September 2012

 

Brendan Rogers: Dive! Dive! Dive!

It has been a criticism of the last few years of players going down too easy. It is not something we want to encourage but if you’re not going to get decisions because of it players may do that.

~ Brendan Rogers, 27 September 2012

In fairness, he is mostly just venting, however this is the wrong message and I don’t think Liverpool, or any other club, need much encouragement when it comes to diving.