Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has urged Blues supporters to show some respect to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard ahead of their Capital One Cup clash on Tuesday, Mirror reports.
With Liverpool on course to win the league for the first time in 24 years last season, Gerrard managed to slip against Chelsea letting Demba Ba in to score, with the loss ultimately costing the Reds the title.
And Blues fans have mocked Gerrard ever since, however Mourinho is ordering the Stamford Bridge faithful to show the respect the former England captain deserves for a remarkable career.
“Gerrard is an historical player for Liverpool, an historical player for the Premier League, an opponent I always admired and respect,” Mourinho said.
“Our fans have a song (about him) that I don’t like, I don’t like it at all.
“Maybe a couple of times it’s good fun, but to go on and go on, especially when a player like him deserves respect, I don’t think we need that. We have so many other songs that we don’t need that one.”
‘The Special One’ also praised how Gerrard promised he would never score against Liverpool, and also commented on when the 34-year-old almost made the switch the Chelsea 10 years ago.
“I love those quotes when Gerrard was saying that, in this life, he would never score against Liverpool.
“I understand why he was almost, almost, almost coming to Chelsea… and he didn’t. I respect that a lot.
“The decision (to stay at Liverpool) for me was proven right because he will always be a Red forever.”
Chelsea are still on course on course to win an unprecedented quadruple, leading the league by five points and in the knock-out stages of all their cup competitions.