Liverpool FC captain dismisses Chelsea supporters standing ovation
Steven Gerrard pleased that Chelsea fans “showed up for once” after scoring at Stamford Bridge
May 11th, 2015
Steven Gerrard might have scored his last ever goal for Liverpool, with the Reds skipper finding the net at Stamford Bridge on Sunday during a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
Gerrard will go down as a Premier League great and the midfielder received a round of applause from home and away supporters after being substituted during the match.
However, when quizzed about the reception from the Chelsea supporters, Gerrard was non-plussed and admitted he was more bothered about being well received by the Liverpool fans who were watching the team.
The player famously decided against signing for Mourinho’s Chelsea several years ago when the opportunity arose to play for the Blues, with Gerrard now bowing out of English football as a one-club man.
“I was more happy with the ovation from the Liverpool fans,” said the former England captain, who will move to Los Angeles Galaxy on the expiry of his contract this summer.
“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. A 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.
Jose Mourinho claimed that the Chelsea fans singing about Gerrard’s famous slip at Anfield last season was a mark of respect!
“The negative song only shows respect, nothing other than respect,” he said. “It’s like a negative song to a dear enemy. The applause was special, Stamford Bridge was special. Steve has been getting that [appreciation] for almost two decades every week when he plays at Anfield. To get that in an away stadium is a fantastic way for him to feel. Probably every club, every stadium respects him a lot.”