The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

MY PATH has never crossed Steven Ger­rard’s, other than to have man­aged ex-Liver­pool play­ers John Welsh and Neil Mel­lor at Pre­ston and to have a sense of their feel­ings on him.

So, the view I am about to ex­press is clear of any per­sonal like or dis­like.

In last week’s col­umn I wrote about the prospect of the Liver­pool – Man City game. I fore­cast a game in which both teams played to win; a game of at­tack. I wasn’t wrong. Five goals, drama all the way and a gen­uine top-ofthe-ta­ble clash made for a good Sun­day af­ter­noon.

But the most sig­nif­i­cant thing was Ger­rard’s post­match re­ac­tion. He played with ag­gres­sion, de­ci­sion and in­ten­sity. And he re­acted with un­bri­dled emo­tion. He has ab­so­lutely no plans to let the ti­tle slip from his grasp and I sim­ply can­not see him fail­ing from here. I love see­ing a player with the ‘eye of the tiger’ alive in­side him. He is clos­ing in on his ca­reer am­bi­tion and he is play­ing and leading with the cer­tainty of a cham­pion.

Per­son­ally, I would love to see both Ger­ard and John Terry in the Eng­land team this sum­mer. If there are two men who you could see writ­ing ca­reer sto­ries in­volv­ing a to­tally un­likely World Cup vic- tory as a grande fi­nale it is those two. It is go­ing to be a sight to be­hold as those two lead their teams into bat­tle at An­field, ar­guably to de­cide the ti­tle. I find it very dif­fi­cult to go against Jose Mour­inho’s ge­nius and Terry’s steel. But Ger­rard just makes me be­lieve that the game will be drawn at An­field and Liver­pool will win their ti­tle.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

EMO­TIONAL: Steven Ger­rard

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