Steven Gerrard slip not to blame for crucial Chelsea loss, insists Liverpool boss

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Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard stands hands on hips as Chelsea celebrate their goal (Picture: AP)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to blame Steven Gerrard after his costly error set Chelsea on their way to victory which handed the initiative in the title race to Manchester City.

Much has been made of this being the season when Reds captain Gerrard ends his long wait for a championship medal, so it was cruel that his mistake led to Demba Ba’s crucial opening goal in first-half injury time.

Gerrard gave the ball away and slipped, allowing Ba to run clear and slot the ball home.

Substitute Willian scored a breakaway second in the final seconds after he and Fernando Torres breached Liverpool’s defence.

Victory took Chelsea to two points behind their rivals at the top of the table but the ones to really benefit were third-placed City, still with a match in hand on…

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