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Steven Gerrard slipped at a crucial moment to allow Demba Ba the simplest of finishes to give Chelsea the lead just before half-time.
Liverpool's captain will be pilloried for his mistake, leading to Demba Ba's goal just before half-time, but it was the way in which Steven Gerrard reacted which will be most disappointing for Reds fans.
At this monumental stage in both his career and the club's season, Gerrard seemed to blame himself for a mistake any player could have made and as a result took it upon himself to try to single-handedly bring the Reds back into the game.
So often throughout his career—at Istanbul; the 2006 FA Cup Final; against Napoli in the 2010 Europa League—Liverpool's Captain Fantastic has produced career-defining performances almost single-handedly. However, this wasn't the case against Chelsea on Sunday.
Far too many long range attempts from the 33-year-old often stymied Liverpool's attacking build-up, and more often than not these resulted in easy saves for an inspired Mark Schwarzer.
It is now up to Gerrard to pick himself up from this setback and foster a renewed belief among his teammates as Liverpool look to pick up wins against Crystal Palace and Newcastle respectively to give themselves a chance of winning the Premier League title.
Gerrard and his teammates will, perhaps justly, be criticised for underperforming on this big stage, but it will be in how they react in the following two fixtures where their destinies will be forged—for better or worse—and the Anfield faithful will need to stay behind them as ever.