Demba Ba Reveals He Has No Sympathy For Steven Gerrard's Slip
Between 28th April 2014 and April 2019 Liverpool and Chelsea have played each other 12 times. Two of those occasions were League Cup semi finals, another a third round of the same competition and the rest have been Premier League games.
Last time the pair met, in a 1-1 draw last September, it was the 58th meeting between the two modern rivals in the 21st century, the most played fixture in English football in the century.
Just two weeks short of the fifth anniversary of the game the two sides meet on Sunday with similar title aspirations on the line for the Anfield club and suddenly that game, half a decade ago, is back in the spotlight.
Demba Ba was the man who benefitted from Gerrard’s slip, running onto the ball and slipping it past Simon Mignolet to make it 1-0, and speaking to the Sun he revealed he had no sympathy for the Rangers’ manager, saying:
“I didn’t feel sorry for him. I’m not a Steven Gerrard supporter. I’m not a Liverpool supporter. I’m not a Man City supporter or happy that they won the league.
“It’s all part of the game. It’s the same as Crystal Palace last year when they were safe and had nothing to play for, they went and played at Stoke and sent them down by winning. You go and do your job, you go to win.“
Ba was not a regular for Jose Mourinho’s side that season, but nor were many of the players who started the game at Anfield.
Mourinho was without Petr Cech, John Terry and Eden Hazard and Mark Schwarzer played only four league games all season, Ba played just 19 and Mo Salah, another starter for the Blues, played only 10.
The Basaksehir striker referred to the team that day as reserves adding, “I would say he put the reserve team out. A lot of the players that started that day were not in the starting XI every week.
“So we went out like this, but he still expected us to win. He was very motivated to win that game.“