Former Chelsea striker and the much-loved Demba Ba has reminisced on that famous day in April 2014 that saw Liverpool relinquish their grip on the Premier League title after the infamous Steven Gerrard slip.
Ba, 36, announced his retirement from professional football only last month after a career filled with various moves across the continent to play for the likes of Newcastle, Chelsea and Istanbul Basaksehir- just to name a few.
His standout moment that will be remembered by most supporters of the beautiful game was when he profited off the back of Gerrard’s slip at Anfield to score the goal that set Jose Mourinho’s side on the way to cause a massive Premier League shock.
Willian added the second in injury time prompting wild celebrations from the Portuguese who had masterminded the Merseyside heavyweights’ demise in that season after it looked destined that Brendan Rodgers would end Liverpool’s Premier League title drought.
That accolade was passed onto Jurgen Klopp who ended the long wait in the 2019/20 season, crowning the achievement with a dramatic 5-3 home win over the current European Champions.
Nonetheless, Chelsea fans always love to remind the Scousers about what happened on that Sunday afternoon and the now 36-year-old was vital to enforcing that embarrassment on Gerrard and the Reds at the time.
The former Senegalese international has opened up on his goal to The Athletic in a recent interview, claiming that it took him time to digest exactly what he did on April 27.
He admitted: “I only realised how big a deal that was a couple of years later. They still talk about it! It was traumatic for them. We didn’t enjoy the fact that we killed their dream, we simply enjoyed winning… Not all stories end in fairytales.”
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Ba then the striker went on to describe the magnitude of the game in his quest to personally prove Mourinho wrong and change the Portuguese’ perception: “I remember Jose saying: ‘They think we’re a Mickey Mouse team! But we will show them!’ And we went out fighting.
“I was up against Martin Skrtel and Mama (Mamadou Sakho) and I played an unbelievable game. I felt like I did at Newcastle.
“This was the game that changed Jose’s view of me, I think.”
Source by Football London