GERRARD HAS EYE OF THE TIGER
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.
EMOTIONAL: Steven Gerrard