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Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool Career Came To Humiliating End In 6-1 Defeat To Stoke City


Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool Career Came To Humiliating End In 6-1 Defeat To Stoke City

The 40-year-old came through Liverpool’s youth academy and enjoyed an illustrious 17-year playing career at Anfield.

However, the Liverpool legend’s time at Anfield ended in humiliating style when the Reds clashed with Stoke in May 2015.

Liverpool found themselves 5-0 down at the Bet365 Stadium (then known as the Britannia Stadium) before half-time.

Mame Biram Diouf scored a first-half brace as Jonathan Walters, Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi all added their names to the scoresheet.

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Gerrard pulled one back for Liverpool in the second half, but Peter Crouch headed home Stoke’s sixth as the Reds suffered a crushing Premier League defeat.

Gerrard later recalled the match a “disaster” and “catastrophe” for Liverpool, saying that it was the “worst performance of my Liverpool career.”

Reliving the infamous match for his autobiography, the ex-Liverpool star said: “An hour after the match a friend texted me to ask what I’d made of a surreal afternoon. I answered him with one word: Wow.

“I might have had a slightly tight hamstring the night before, but it was fine during the match. We had no excuses. It was just a disaster. A catastrophe.

“Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. We were 5-0 down at half-time. Yes — wow.

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“Emre Can tried to put his hand up during the break and take responsibility. I stopped him after a few words.

“I think he’s going to be a great player […] but he is a midfielder and he was playing out of position.

“A few others chipped in to make sure Emre didn’t take sole blame. We were all at fault […] it was the worst performance of my Liverpool career.”

Gerrard left Liverpool in 2015 and spent a single season with MLS side LA Galaxy before announcing his retirement from football in 2016.

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