Make no bones about it, Liverpool are on the run of a lifetime in the English Premier League. They’re unbeaten all season so far, with a 22—yes, TWENTY TWO—point lead over second-placed Manchester City and just one defeat in the 2018/19 season. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds certainly don’t deal in defeats.
The Anfield Kop faithful are desperate for Steven Gerrard to share in their likely EPL title success
The Anfield side only need six wins from their remaining 13 league games to clinch their first EPL title and their first top-flight honours since 1990. In fact, Liverpool’s Premier League winner odds are now 1/1000, with some bookies even paying out to punters that wagered on the Reds to go one better than 2018/19 and pip City to the championship.
One figure at Ibrox will be casting a very watchful and envious glance at Merseyside, with Gers boss, Steven Gerrard’s, biggest regret of his playing career being his inability to bring the league title to Anfield. Few could forget that slip from Gerrard on the halfway line that allowed Chelsea to score a season-defining goal and wrestle Liverpool’s 2013/14 title chances from their grasp.
Could Gerrard be given dispensation to play five games for the Reds?
Surely Gerrard couldn’t mix playing for, and managing, two teams at the same time?!
That’s why a string of Liverpool fans on social media are clamouring for their former skipper to return to the playing fold, giving him a chance to don the Liverpool shirt again as part of a title-winning team. It might be something of a tongue-in-cheek move from the Reds faithful, but it certainly underlines the depth of feeling that supporters have for Gerrard, who is arguably their finest player in their modern-day era.
It’s quite plausible that Liverpool will secure the 2019/20 EPL title away at city rivals Everton or title rivals Manchester City, providing all goes to plan for them. Of course, current skipper Jordan Henderson wouldn’t physically get his paws on the EPL trophy until the team’s final game of the campaign against Chelsea at Anfield. But with 13 games remaining, Reds fans are desperate for Gerrard to return from his post at Rangers to play the minimum requirement of five games to earn an EPL winners medal.
Some fans on Twitter said that they were planning on starting a petition to sign Gerrard as a free agent. Although that’s pie-in-the-sky talk, given that he’s very much under contract and highly-valued at Ibrox, particularly given that Rangers have their own title aspirations to attend to north of the border. Most Reds fans have already voiced their demands that Gerrard becomes the club’s next manager after Jurgen Klopp, with some pundits believing Gerrard took the job at Ibrox as a ‘dress rehearsal’ for his dream managerial role.
Watching the Reds lift the EPL trophy will be cathartic for Stevie G
Gerrard has admitted on numerous occasions that he still thinks about missing out on lifting the title with Liverpool “most days”. However, in a recent informal chat with former teammate, Jamie Carragher, he added that Liverpool winning the EPL in May would go a long way towards helping him move on from one of the bleakest periods of his illustrious playing career.
When he chatted with Carragher as part of a recent podcast, Gerrard admitted that he used to put the sole blame of Liverpool missing out on the title in 2014 squarely on his own shoulders. However, he said that after “analysing it properly”, he knows that “it wasn’t just that moment” against Chelsea that cost them the title, even though that “part of [him] in [his] head thinks it is”. He said that after his slip against Chelsea it was the “only time” in his 20-year professional career that his body “felt numb” with genuine shock and despair.
Liverpool winning their first title in 30 years, coupled with a Rangers fightback to win their first SPFL title since 2011, would certainly be a cathartic moment for Gerrard who often felt the weight of Merseyside on his shoulders on the field of play. He’s long been used to playing in a two-team city, so the pressure between Rangers and Celtic is water off a duck’s back to him.