Not for the first time this season, Liverpool lacked a cutting edge in their game at Stamford Bridge. Although this was mainly due to the defensive formation employed and the injury to Fernando Torres, Reds captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that he’s still ruing the day when the club allowed Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka to leave in 2002 rather than sign him on a permanent deal. Sky Sports report that the Frenchman might have become a Pool legend if the Merseyside club had shown more willing.
Gerrard told the News of the World: “Every club makes a couple of mistakes in the transfer market and we made one when we didn’t sign Nicolas Anelka in 2002.
“Nicolas was top class for us and I thought he’d done enough to stay. He was a good lad around the dressing room as well.
“I’ve always thought it was a shame he’s not still with us.
“What made it doubly disappointing was that I knew how desperate he was to sign on a permanent deal at the time.
“Unfortunately, these decisions are taken and it’s only when you look back later you can make a judgement. I don’t think anyone will deny we got that one wrong.”
It’s fair to say that Liverpool don’t appear to have progressed a great deal domestically in the past six seasons. They may have landed the Champions League under Rafael Benitez but the team is starting to bear a number of similarities with the Houllier teams of old.