Monday, July 04, 2005

Steven Gerrard: the face said it all

You know, during the Champions League final when Liverpool stunned AC Milan in what might be the finest final in history, I noticed something at the end of the match that has stuck with me since: it was Steven Gerrard’s face and body language.

He celebrated much like the other players most of the time, but something didn’t seem right.

It was sort of an ‘I’m leaving and we just won’ face. Rumors had swirled shortly before the final that he was on his way. Or the ‘I want to leave, but I can’t now’ face. Kind of like if you are about to quit a job and get a big bonus right before you plan to do it.

I don’t know, did anyone else notice this?

Right after the game the camera was on Gerrard and for a second and he didn’t look happy or elated. He looked shocked. Then someone came up and jumped on him.

And then when he celebrated with a few players, it just didn’t look genuine. It looked like a farewell looks.

And on the stage it happened again, shortly before he was awarded the trophy, head slouched and staring down, again caught in this moment of deep thought. He looked distracted and unable to be in the moment to me.

I know Gerrard came out after the match wanting a new deal with Liverpool. I know he has been there forever. But I also think he was intent on leaving until they won that final.

Now the media reports a ‘large rift emerging’. I wonder what has really happened.

Has Steven Gerrard started looking for an excuse to leave?

A few weeks delay seems pretty petty.

They can’t be that far apart. If they are, shame on Liverpool.


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Anonymous Stevie stay or Stevie go? said...

Stevie always looks miserable.

7/04/2005 4:51 PM  
Blogger El Rojo said...

At the end of the day, if he goes, it's his and his agents doing. Not Liverpool. Rafa Benitez and Rick Parry have made their position clear. So if he still walks out, it's on his own head.

7/04/2005 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

king nora says:

It was not that long ago we lost emelyn h. and now we have this.
Steve G has taken the piss too much and too long.
He is starting to become so poisonous- he could rip the heart out of the club.
Carra - is a proper skipper -fitting to replicate the great EH.
rafa has stated he wants to keep SG-But SG is undermining him (again)!
Lets get rid of this him. quickly!

7/04/2005 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Stevie G,
Even though it is a great loss if you go..but no one man is bigger than the club..If you truly loves the club..than this farce is not even in the picture..please go before you upset all the moral of the team..The team need a stable captain..not who is in doubt with his mind..Long Live Carra..where we know your heart is...

7/04/2005 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Football is just like any other business: Buy low, sell high. SG is worth more now than he will ever be, so it is only natural for Liverpool to sell him. Having the most expensive players in the world in our squad is not the Liverpool business plan. It is, however, the business plan of Real Madrid and Chelsea, so let's sell!

7/04/2005 6:15 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Buy low sell high but what club wins trophies by selling and not paying their best players?

How about pay low and lose, ala the perrenial losers in America's NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers.

7/04/2005 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a Liverpool fan for 27 years. When Robbie Fowler left for Leeds, I was sad. When Michael Owen took off for Spain, it hurts. It would be very painful to see Stevie G leave. For all the tactical plans and fund raising - you can't buy ten players with a lion's heart - not the way Stevie has shown in the CL final in Instanbul. It's only normal for people to have second thoughts about their careers when things were at the lows- such was the case of Stevie last season. But when he is ready to commit-why would the club not pursue the contract negotiation. Big clubs always want to keep their best players. The club should consider going public in order to raise funds to recruit new players instead of being forced to sell their prized assets and rebuilding again and again. The pride of being a private owner and just one owner with no funds available to sign execellent players will not make the club progress. The club should also think about the fans tpp. Before winning the CL, I am begginning to fade out from watching Liverpool. Hopefully, Liverpool will still be a force without Stevie G - as we all would like to follow winners and not losers .

7/04/2005 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the pitch, the difference between a 5mil player and and 30mil superstar is not that great. Having 30mil superstars in your side is mostly about marketing.


7/04/2005 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for Stevie G to go! The man is blaming Rafa for the situation but Rafa offered him a contract three times last year! Each time Stevie G put off contract talks until the end of the season.

Stevie G is a great player but so is Michael Owen and Liverpool won the Champions League without Owen. The captain has to stop the constant speculation with Jamie Carragher as a more worthy captain.

The transfer fee of £30M will also help Rafa buy three world class players.

7/04/2005 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another rubbish blog from this guy!!!! It's easy to spot a meaning in an expression after you hear on the news that he is likly to leave!!

There is as much insight in this entry as there would be saying "Crespo had a look in his eyes as he was playing that he didn't want to play for Chelsea again." Did anyone else notice that????

Easy to predict when you know the answer.

7/04/2005 10:09 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

To the last comment:

I guess I'm supposed to apologize to you for having a memory?

Look at the past articles on the blog, I make predictions all the time so your barking at a flying bird suggesting I use hindsight as a crutch.


Whoever said that is right, Liverpool won without Owen. And Man U are doing fine w/o Beckham. Liverpool can win again with transfer fees directed at the right players.

Alonso can play the same role. Direct the money at the right talent to fill holes and everything is stable again.

7/05/2005 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, i didn't notice any expression as you said, and i am kind of sick of the whole saga, a player who still has two years of contract to run (and he has just signed that improved contract not long ago), all of a sudden seems like he gonna leave Liverpool very soon.

Nobody honour their contract anymore?

As i read somewhere in the web, i supported Liverpool, not Stevie G alone. Players come and go, but the club stay. So, as a supporter, i believe Stevie G, as a Red supporter himself, will stay. But if he goes, all the best to him, too bad, he wouldn't have the chance to lift the Premiership cup in the famous Liverpool jersey.

7/05/2005 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope he goes to Madrid and not Chelsea with Owen coming back the other way in the deal.

7/06/2005 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Adam Griffin said...

What a wonderful insight into the mysterious world of Steven Gerrard. Yes, look at his body language, he's telling us precisely how he doesnt want to be at the club the next season. Yes, its totally in contradiction to those funny things that emerged from his mouth later on. What do we call those things? "Words" I think. Yes, clearly his body language and the look on his face is much more telling. I see, when he shifted nervously in front of the European trophy it wasnt because he was a die-hard life-long Liverpool fan about to lift the greatest trophy in club football as captain of his club. The various shots of him with a stunned look on his face, so unlike the normal Stevie G who is always smiling and chirpy, couldnt be because he is slowly coming to terms with the enormity of his wonderful Liverpool club pulling off the greatest comback in the history of European Cup final history.
Ah yes, its revealed, he wasnt happy at all, he was clearly focused on his future, not enjoying the moment at all. I know that if I won the European Cup I'd probably be distracted too with thoughts of what I might be doing in two months. I'd probably be thinking of my next holiday ... Spain would be nice in the summer ...

What a pile of toss! Made all the more absurd by the fact that Steve turned around this morning and said in no uncertain terms that he wanted to be a red for life. Do you guys really have nothing better to do? Get off the lads case! Sheesh! And you wonder why he seems to be constantly under stress, a tad confused, tending towards emotional over-reaction. Perhaps it has something to do with the thousands of idiots writing weblogs and newspaper articles who spend weeks on end trying to second guess him, splattering his name in front of the world using every conceivable form of media known to man!

7/06/2005 5:24 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Look Adam,

You were over at my other post going on about how I needed attention, etc.

Are you sure that's not you who wants some attention?

In the 2 articles you commented on, I made a few connections which you disagree with. Fine.

In your 2 posts you accuse me of being a variety of things. Fine.

What is you point then? Gerrard is 100% pure heart committed to Liverpool, and he was stunned at the champions league? Fine.

I'm sure Gerrard was stunned, I was.

Alot of word salad to make those 2 simple points.

7/06/2005 5:33 PM  

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