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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014


EPL title race: Win it for Stevie G

The New Paper | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard acknowledges fans after their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, March 26, 2014.


(Raheem Sterling 6, Martin Skrtel 26, Philippe Coutinho 78)


(David Silva 57, Glen Johnson 62-og)


Steven Gerrard did a wonderful thing at the final whistle. He pulled back the curtain.

As tears sprang from his eyes, the Liverpool skipper stripped away the sticky layers of celebrity and wealth to bare flesh and blood.

He wasn't immortal after all. He had grown into something greater, worthier and more profound.

He was one of us.

He wanted to win the title for his beloved club. And in that revealing moment, the world wanted Liverpool to win the title for Stevie G.

His tears united us. Footballer and fan merged into one.

That wretched VIP barrier erected and strengthened since the birth of the Premier League instantly crumbled.

Gerrard's tears briefly bridged the chasm between devoted punter and detached professional.

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