London – FA Cup was once expected to be a parting gift to Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard. The world’s oldest competition trophy was also prepared so the captain’s birthday present. But all foundered by Aston Villa.
Gerrard has decided to leave Liverpool at the end of this season and will compete in Major League Soccer next season. The decision to leave the midfielder will finish being with the Reds that has been going on since he was still at the level of the academy in 1987, 28 years ago.
Because Liverpool lose competitiveness in the Premier League and was knocked out in the League Cup, FA Cup was used as a platform to win a trophy for the sake of becoming a parting gift Gerrard with the Reds. Opportunities that until a few hours ago is wide open because they have reached the semi-finals and will face Aston Villa.
Up to 35 minutes of the match with Villa, Liverpool is still on the path they want. Philippe Coutinho goal on 30 minutes to bring ‘The Red’ in the 1-0 position.
But Villa gave fierce resistance. Christian Benteke action on 36 minutes making the score as strong 1-1. When the second round has been running for nine minutes Fabian Delph back goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. 2-1 score lasted until 90 minutes. Villa win, Liverpool lost.
Failure to destroy the dream final Gerrard to give a parting gift in the form of the FA Cup trophy. 1-2 defeat also interrupted Gerrard’s birthday party plans. FA Cup final match to be held on 30 May, coinciding with the anniversary of the 35th Gerrard.
For more than 20 years already so much given Gerrard at Liverpool. But in the last year, in his farewell season, Gerrard would walk away without a trophy presented to leave Anfield, only memories will remember deeply by Liverpudlian.