By Chris Wright
With one foot in Los Angeles and the end of the line now crowning over the horizon, Steven Gerrard has come over all wistful in his old age.
Indeed, the departing Liverpool legend has been reeling in the years, looking back and taking stock of his long and storied career of late, admitting that he has but two real regrets when it comes to his halcyon days.
Gerrard’s first regret was missing out on the experience of playing for a side managed by Jose Mourinho. The second? Well, you can probably guess.
Nattering to old mucker Rio Ferdinand as part of an imaginatively titled ‘Rio Meets Steven Gerrard’ interview due to screen on BT Sport at 10pm tonight, Gerrard said thus:
“I love the manager [Mourinho], I love the man, I’ve had a distant relationship with him for many years but, I have regrets for not playing for the man and the coach because I know he would have made me a better player.”
Distant relationship? Visions of Gerrard and Mourinho playing postal chess abound. Anyway, excuse us for interrupting.
“I know he would have had more trophies to what I’ve already won. But looking back now I have no regrets not signing for Chelsea. I don’t regret it at all.
“I’m happy with the decisions I made. The connection I’ve got with Liverpool, my home town club. I’ve probably underachieved at times in certain years with Liverpool but for me it is not all about winning trophies.
“It’s also about memories and love and what those memories meant. Winning four or five trophies with Liverpool means an awful lot more than winning 10 or 11 with Chelsea.”
Ferdinand also asked Gerrard about his long-term commitment to Liverpool and whether or not he felt he could have reaped bigger rewards elsewhere during his pomp.
“What kept me at Liverpool — when I was close to making the decision whether to stay or go — was my dad, who is a big Liverpool fan, my brother, all my friends. When I won for Liverpool, I shared it with people that are close to me and not many people will understand that.
“I am biased towards Liverpool. In certain games, I’ve been too biased and showed too much loyalty. But I knew I always wanted to come home, I always wanted to watch Liverpool.
“I’ll have season tickets now forever and I knew if I’d have gone to Chelsea or anyone else, I’d have risked losing that. I’ve been there since I was eight and it was too much to let go.”
Gerrard also opened up about The Slip™ that ostensibly blew Liverpool’s title chances at the business end of 2013/14.
“The slip happened at a bad time, it was cruel for me personally. There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about what if that didn’t happen.
“Would things have been different? Would it have turned out different? Maybe it might of, I don’t know.”
Allow us to help you with that one Steven: Yes. Almost undoubtedly.