A number of Liverpool fans have hit out at Ian Wright over comments he made in relation to Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in the defeat to Chelsea during the 2013/14 Premier League title run-in.
Six years ago yesterday, the Reds’ captain lost his balance in a horror moment which led to Demba Ba scoring the visitors’ first goal in a fateful 2-0 win at Anfield (as per BBC) as Manchester City ultimately went on to be crowned champions.
Reflecting on that game on BBC’s Monday Night Club [via HITC], Wright joked that it would have been more fitting if that mishap came from Dejan Lovren rather than an Anfield legend like Gerrard. In comments that were later posted by @AnfieldEdition on Twitter, the ex-Arsenal striker said: “If I could choose someone else, I would probably have choose Lovren. I know he wasn’t playing but if I could throw someone into the scenario I’d probably throw in Lovren, because he’s got history.”
Ian Wright: “If I could choose someone else [to slip instead of Gerrard], I would probably have chosen Lovren.
“I know he wasn’t playing but if I could throw someone into the scenario I’d probably throw in Lovren, because he’s got history."
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) April 28, 2020
Lovren, who was signed by Liverpool a few weeks after that 2014 defeat, has been culpable for numerous errors leading to the concession of goals in his time at the club and was notoriously substituted after only 30 minutes in a 4-1 thrashing by Tottenham in 2017.
Despite the Croatian being a figure of criticism from some Reds fans in the past, these Liverpool supporters on Twitter took umbrage at Wright’s “harsh” jibe towards the defender in saying it should have been him and not Gerrard who suffered that horror moment against Chelsea in 2014:
Harsh thing to say
— Keith Byrne (@Thehighstool) April 28, 2020
What a ridiculous thing to say
— LG? (@LeoGarner_31) April 28, 2020
Why would someone say that. That’s cruel
— Abubakar ali (@Abubaka94839749) April 28, 2020
not the Wright thing to say
— ? (@andydufresne93) April 28, 2020
— AJ (@aj_kopite2020) April 28, 2020
That’s a horrible thing to say! Respect I had for wrighty is gone..
— robbo? (@no_robbo) April 28, 2020
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