Cape Town - Steven Gerrard was baited by Chelsea's fans throughout the game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and
although he was granted a standing ovation from the home supporters when he was
substituted late on, the Liverpool skipper played down their gesture.
"Chelsea fans have shown me respect for a couple of seconds,
but slaughtered me all day," he said.
"What's important is the support from the Liverpool fans.
They've been with me from day one."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed before the match that he
had tried to sign Gerrard for Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and he said
that he was sad to see the 34-year-old go.
"To get an ovation at Stamford Bridge is special for Steven
Gerrard," Mourinho said.
"We have lots of respect for the top guys. I
will miss him."
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Gerrard returned the compliment, saying: "I have huge respect
for him. He's the best manager in the world in my opinion.
"I would have signed for him on three occasions if I wasn't
such a big Liverpool fan. He's the reason my head was turned on a couple of
"But he knew why I couldn't do it, because I love Liverpool
Football Club. It always means more when you win for your people."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: "I think he's been a
thorn in the side of Chelsea supporters because they know he's got star
quality, but I think they recognised today the end of an era, of a special