Jose Mourinho Steven Gerrard Regret – the Chelsea boss has launched a charm offensive ahead of his side’s League Cup trip to Anfield this week writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
The Portuguese schemer says that his failure to sign the Liverpool skipper remains one of his greatest regrets in football. Back in 2005 during his first stint as manager at Stamford Bridge Mourinho had made it his mission to create a midfield triangular powerhouse of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
It is reported that Gerrard came oh so close to a move but Liverpool’s manager at the time, Rafa Benitez, talked him into staying at Anfield.
“We did everything to try and (sign Gerrard) it was almost there. I was dreaming of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield. We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders.
“Me, Mr Abramovich and Peter Kenyon (former executive) at that time, we dreamed of that. Gerrard’s people were open to him joining a top side like Chelsea. But to me personally he never said he would come. Never. He was always a red and I think the decision was right.”
Many believe that Gerrard was far from right to remain at Anfield. Possibly himself too when he looks back on his career. Chelsea’s interest intensified during the summer of 2005, shortly after Liverpool won the Champions League in dramatic fashion against AC Milan in Istanbul.
Since that interest in 2005 Gerrard only won two trophies of true significance – the FA Cup of 2006 (vs West Ham) and the League Cup of 2012 (vs Cardiff). Although many may consider the Uefa Super Cup of 2005 (vs CSKA Moscow) and the 2006 Community Shield (vs Chelsea) as worthy additions on the Gerrard mantelpiece.
Between the time Gerrard rejected Chelsea and now the Blues have landed the Premier League twice, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup once, the Champions League once and the Europa League too.
It is probably safe to say that with Gerrard in the Chelsea side they would have won more trophies.
Gerrard has unquestionably stayed incredibly loyal to Liverpool and it could be argued that events of recent weeks have tainted his loyalty. Gerrard confirmed two weeks ago that he will move to LA Galaxy next season. However, he also added that had Liverpool offered him a new deal lasr summer he would have certainly committed himself to the club for the rest of his career.
Have the decision makers at Liverpool made an enormous error? Next season will reveal the answer to that question but in the mean time Liverpool, and in particular under-pressure Brendan Rodgers, desperately need to land some silverware this season.
Liverpool are rated at 3.50 odds to beat Chelsea on Tuesday with the draw priced at 3.50 and a Chelsea win at 2.10.