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I was ‘slaughtered’ at Chelsea- Gerrard

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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (L) is applauded off the pitch by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge in London

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (L) is applauded off the pitch by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge in London

LONDON, May 11- Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has taken a dig at Chelsea’s fans after being goaded during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The skipper famously slipped in the 2-0 defeat to the Blues at Anfield last season in a result which eventually played a big role in the Reds conceding the Premier League title to Manchester City.

Gerrard, who will leave England for LA Galaxy next term, did receive a standing ovation in west London this weekend after being substituted in the 79th minute, having scored the goal which canceled out John Terry’s early opener.

However, it was the “caution slip hazard” signs held by the Chelsea fans that most irked Gerrard, who was quick in his response when speaking to Sky Sports, saying: “I’m not going to get drawn into wishing the Chelsea fans well, it was nice of them to turn up for once today.

“I was more happy with the ovation from the Liverpool fans. I think the Chelsea fans have shown respect for a couple of seconds, but they’ve slaughtered me all game.

“If you get a standing ovation at a stadium it is always nice, but what is always important is the support from the Liverpool fans, and they’ve been with me since day one.”

Gerrard complained in a television interview afterwards that he had been “slaughtered”, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho felt the jeers were underpinned by affection.

“The negative song only shows respect. Nothing else than respect,” he said.

“It’s like a negative song to a dear enemy. The standing applause was special. Stamford Bridge was special.

“Steve gets that for almost two decades, every week when he plays at Anfield.

“But to get that in an away stadium is a fantastic way for him to feel that probably every club, every stadium in this country respects him a lot.”

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