Steven Gerrard Wembley Dream Shattered – the Liverpool legend will not mark the end of his English football career at Wembley Stadium writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
Liverpool’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat means that Gerrard’s last act for the club he has represented as man and boy will probably come at the Reds’ final game against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium at the end of the season.
Liverpool fans had been hoping that Gerrard would be given a final swansong with an FA Cup final appearance against Arsenal but it was not to be as Fabian Delph and Christian Beneteke responded to Philippe Coutinho’s opener for the Merseyside club.
But there will be no Wembley fanfare before Gerrard heads off to California to represent LA Galaxy in the MLS. Gerrard first joined Liverpool as a nine-year-old and went on to become one of the club’s most important players.
His undoubted highlight came in 2005 under Rafa Benitez when Liverpool won one of the most incredible Champions League finals of all time. Liverpool trailed AC Milan 3-0 at half time in Istanbul but staged a remarkable fightback with Gerrard driving the team forward with a typical powerhouse display in midfield to tie the scores at 3-3 and send the match into extra-time.
Liverpool eventually went on to win on penalties. Gerrard also won the FA and League Cups as a Liverpool player but it will remain a great regret for himself and supporters that he was never able to deliver a Premier League title to the city of his birth.
He came painfully close to winning the league last season but suffered an agonising slip in the crunch home to Chelsea at the end of the season that saw Demba Ba race clear of the Liverpool defence and open the scoring in a game the Blues won 2-0.
Liverpool eventually lost the title to Manchester City by a mere two points. Had Gerrard been able to stay on his feet the Reds would probably have won the game and landed their first league crown since 1990.
Today’s game wasn’t one of Gerrard’s best in a Liverpool shirt. At 34 those once familiar dynamic midfield performances happen all too rarely these days.
Liverpool pushed hard for a late equaliser to take the game into extra time and Gerrard had a header cleared off the line by Villa’s Delph. It would have set up some finale but it was not to be.
Mario Balotelli had the ball in the Villa net late on but the linesman flagged for offside. Television replays showed that the Italian striker was onside and at the final whistle Gerrard was spotted quietly mouthing something at the linesman in question, he didn’t look happy.
It was a sad end to one of the finest careers of the Premier League era. Steven Gerrard Wembley dream shattered – can Aston Villa beat Arsenal in the Wembley final? Visit online sportsbook Bodog to place your bets.