Steven Gerrard Jokes About His Costly Slip, Talks Luis Suarez and Liverpool

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 27, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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From a Liverpool perspective, it's far from poetic that captain Steven Gerrard had a major hand in derailing the Reds' Premier League title push a fortnight ago.

It was Gerrard whose literal slip allowed Chelsea to open the scoring in a 2-0 home loss that would set the Merseysiders falling from the summit of the English top flight.

That being said, the club's midfield talisman is at least able to look back on that particular moment of misery with a smile, joking about the fall prior to Liverpool's annual awards ceremony on Tuesday night:

With that Chelsea defeat and a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday evening, Brendan Rodgers' side are now firm underdogs to win the Premier League crown, sitting one point above favourites Manchester City but having played a game more.

The Daily Mail's Dominic King can accept such a momentary lapse in concentration, however, singling out Gerrard as one of the reasons Liverpool were able to bounce back into contention at all this term:

The hunt is far from decided, admittedly, but Manuel Pellegrini's side are now just 180 minutes from claiming a second league title in three seasons, and they can even afford to drop two points thanks to their superb goal difference.

Gerrard is looking on the brighter side of things, however, and after watching his teammate claim both PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards, he labelled Luis Suarez the best player he's ever featured alongside:

Both figures have been instrumental to the club's fortunes this season, and there would be reason to debate whether either could have been as successful without the other.

The official Liverpool Twitter account quotes the club leader as saying the rest of the football world has a bit of catching up to do before they reach the Uruguayan's standards:

It's a monumental turnaround to the way things were even a year ago. With Suarez having penned a new long-term deal at Anfield and several of Rodgers' signings now coming good, the club can hope to produce bigger and better things in the years to come.

Gerrard could be forgiven for lowering his media profile after his costly slip, but like only a true captain can, the veteran is persevering for what's ahead, refusing to let the darker moments get him down.