Harry Kane and Man City send reminder to Steven Gerrard Liverpool fans would like to forget
Liverpool supporters may shrink from the idea of that of Manchester City signaled a move for Harry Kane due to what it means for this season’s title bid – but it also brings to mind a similar moment in club history.
July 5, 2005 41 days after that historic night in Istanbul, Steven gerrard Handed in a transfer request after the club blocked a new contract, with Chelsea being the main contender to break the hearts of Reds fans.
With Harry Kane do not come back for his first day back at Tottenham training ground, there are inevitable parallels between the Huyton and the situation in which the current English captain finds himself.
City can offer Kane unparalleled wealth, just as Roman Abramovich could for Gerrard, with Chelsea establishing themselves as the Premier League‘s biggest spender. Despite having won the Champions League in remarkable style, Liverpool had also finished the 2004/05 season 37 points behind title winners Jose Mourinho while Kane’s Spurs withered to seventh last season.
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Speaking of the proposed transfer in his autobiography, Gerrard later said: “I thought,” I would love to play for JosÃ© Mourinho ‘. I was sure that under JosÃ© I would win all the trophies I wanted.
âThe decision came down to a simple choice: do I want to win trophies with Chelsea – or do I stay loyal to Liverpool?
Discouraged after seeing his team-mates Dietmar Hamann and Igor Biscan offer new contracts following their European triumph, Gerrard had felt underestimated by the club’s hierarchy. However, the club captain had also raised concerns about Liverpool’s ambitions earlier in the season.
“I’m 25 at the end of the season and I have six or seven years at the top to win things, so hopefully the turnaround can be pretty brutal,” speaking to the final group of the Champions League. game against Olympiacos in December 2004.
âI’m in a tough spot because I’m a fan myself. I want to win things in this football club but I don’t have time on my side. I can’t wait to wait three or four years for the club to recover and become a champion team.
âI hope that will happen by the end of the season and that next summer we will be in the title race next year. I’m not giving up now, but look at the board.
Only two years ago, Kane faced Jurgen Klopp’s in a Champions League final, as the Reds recorded their sixth European Cup success, but it now feels like a distant memory for the north London club.
City, meanwhile, can only guarantee Kane major honors throughout his time at the Etihad, a feeling he has yet to experience in his career.
Now 28, Kane shared feelings similar to Gerrard in a candid interview with Gary Neville on The Overlap YouTube channel in May.
“I think this is definitely a conversation to have with the club,” he said, when asked about his future with Spurs.
âLike, this season I watch the Champions League, I watch the English teams do amazing things. These are the games I want to be in.
âSo of course this is a time in my career where I kind of have to reflect and see where I am and have a good, honest conversation with the president. I hope we can have that conversation.â
In the end, faced with a similar decision, Gerrard went with his heart and remained loyal to the club he loved.
Aside from a short swan song with LA Galaxy at the end of his career, a conversation with his father and brother convinced the all-in-action midfielder that he would never call Anfield except at home.
He admitted in his autobiography: âI was so close to leaving but this hour with my father and Paul changed everythingâ¦ ‘What is best for you? What do you want? Can you handle the Kop backfiring on you? Can you accept the fact that you will never play for Liverpool again? ‘.
“These were the kinds of questions – none of them having to do with money – that we sorted out within the four walls of my father’s front room.”
Upon signing his new five-year contract, after a whirlwind 24 hours, the Liverpool captain said: “I just couldn’t leave the club I love.
“When I thought about it more, I just wanted to stay. I admitted that I had made mistakes and the club admitted that they did too. But now we have fixed the problem and I am doing what I wanted to do from the start, that is to say to stay in Liverpool.
A year later, Gerrard almost single-handedly dragged the Reds to FA Cup glory, shooting in an unforgettable brace against West Ham that cemented his place in club history.
However, he would not win another League Cup until 2012 before leaving the club three years later, amid unsuccessful title offers under both. Rafa BenÃtez and Brendan Rodgers hesitated at the last hedge. The Premier League trophy remained the only honor to elude one of the club’s all-time greats.
However, there is no denying that Gerrard believes he made the right decision to stick with the club for which he would make 710 appearances and become one of Liverpool’s greatest players.
It can have major consequences for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool these days if Manchester City are able to pull off their jaw-dropping shot for Kane – but it’s also a stark reminder of the incredible crossroads moment Gerrard faced. 16 years ago.
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