Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said that the last three months in his career have been 'the worst of my life' as he opened up about the slip against Chelsea, retiring from the England team and why Liverpool can continue the form with which they ended last season.
The Reds legend first spoke about the moment when everyone believed Liverpool had lost the title to Manchester City, after coming so close for the first time in the history of the Premier League. It was the slip that handed Chelsea the win and City the title.
"It was cruel. I haven't lost my man at a set piece. I haven't missed a penalty. I haven't made a bad pass or a mistake. Every single person on the planet slips at some point in their life, whether it is on a set of stairs, on the floor or whatever," Gerrard said, as quoted in the Daily Mail.
"For me, it happened on the pitch at a really bad moment. But, you know, over the course of 38 games, a lot happens for you and against you and that determines whether you win the league or not. But that happened at a really crucial time and I have to face that," he continued.
"Football isn't always going to be celebrations, highs and winning things and stuff like that. When you're fighting for things at this level there are always going to be heartbreaks and disappointments and the last three months have been a massive disappointment, probably the worst of my life."
But Gerrard is sure that, even though it affected him, he will not dwell on it for too long, as he wants to finish on a high rather than be remembered for recent events.
"And I will do. But I have to use it as a positive to drive me on. At 34 there is no possible way I am going to let the last three months be the things I remember moving forward. It's important it finishes on a high."
The Reds midfielder also spoke about his decision to quit the England team, which he represented 114 times. The midfielder believes that, even though he could still have offered something to the team, it was the right time for him to call it a day and focus all his energies on his family and Liverpool.
"It does become difficult being away. I've done it for 14 years. I had to be fair to my family but also to Liverpool as well. To be fair to Brendan, when I had the chat with him, he said that if you want to carry on for England I can tailor your Liverpool games," the Liverpool skipper explained.
"When I had the chat with him I was close to already knowing what I was going to do. When he said that my Liverpool games could be tailored then it made me go to 100 per cent with my decision because I don't want my Liverpool games to be tailored.
"I don't feel as if I could go to a tournament at 36 and be who I wanted to be. Everything was pointing towards calling it a day, but I'm going to miss it," the Englishman added.
Meanwhile, Gerrard is confident that Liverpool football club is only getting stronger, and believes that they can challenge for the title yet again. The Reds skipper is hoping that he can fulfill his lifelong dream of lifting the coveted Premier League trophy.
"We are a good team with a good manager, that is getting stronger. The confidence is rising in the dressing room and we have got to show that we are the real deal. We are not there to just make up the numbers," the Anfield hero concluded.