A glittering career that has yielded many winners’ medals, goals and countless international football frustrations does not include a goal at Stamford Bridge for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Unbelievably, the Whiston warrior has only rustled a Chelsea net once in his 17-year stint at Anfield and even that proved to be nothing but a consolation effort in a 4-1 defeat.
This solitary strike means that the 34-year-old has, in fact, scored as many goals for the west Londoners AGAINST Liverpool, after he put through his own net in the 2004/05 League Cup final loss to Jose Mourinho’s men.
Of course this own goal isn’t the only humiliation Gerrard has suffered at the hands of the Blues.
His infamous slip that allowed Demba Ba to score the decisive strike in Chelsea’s 2-0 Anfield win, derailing the Reds’ runaway title train charge last term, has earned itself a place in football fan folklore.
A specific chant has since been conjured and chorused by masses of opposition supporters to remind the Liverpool skipper of this particular misdemeanour and nowhere will it have been heard louder than at the Bridge this evening when Gerrard leads his troops out for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.
Overwhelming odds of 67/100 say he’ll have to relive the ignominy of that fateful April day as adversaries Chelsea record a victory that will tip the aggregate score, currently standing at 1-1, in their favour.
Triumph for the travelling party is priced up at 15/4, while an extra-time-enforcing draw is a 14/5 shot.
But in what is Gerrard’s final opportunity to really do a number on Chelsea (they do have a Premier League game to contest in May, but this could perceivably count for nothing) backing him to score in the game must be worth a bet at 9/2.
For a player whose numerous virtuoso performances have frequently fallen at the most opportune of moments, the scene is certainly set for heroics from the Liverpool skipper.