“There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about what if it didn’t happen,” Steven Gerrard said years after slipping to gift a goal to Demba Ba in a loss to Chelsea that helped doom Liverpool’s quest for a first Premier League-era top-flight title.
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The Liverpool legend, a man who authored so many amazing moments in the illustrious history of the Anfield club, let a Mamadou Sakho pass go under his foot and then fell to the turf.
Ba raced on goal and scored deep in first-half stoppage, wobbling everyone associated with the hosts. Despite a 15-5 shots edge on the day, no one could rescue Gerrard and Chelsea won 2-0 behind a 7-save Mark Schwarzer clean sheet.
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The moment instantly had people questioning whether Gerrard had cost the club its title hopes? City beat Palace that weekend and never looked back, finishing the season on a five-match winning run.
Chelsea, in an odd twist, had seen a slip cost it a look at the title one week earlier when Cesar Azpilicueta tipped to the turf and then fouled Jozy Altidore of Sunderland en route to a match-winning penalty kick from Fabio Borini.