“I do like buying my girls special girlie outfits but I end up saving them for occasions, then they never get worn because my girls like to be comfortable too. Lexie is such a little scruffy one! She’s a bit wild and always diving on the couch. Lilly’s a proper little girl. I can’t wait to see what Lourdes is going to be like.”—Alex Gerrard
At the end of the live version of "Coming Up" recorded in Glasgow in 1979 (later to become a US number one single) the crowd begins to sing "Paul McCartney!" until McCartney takes over and changes the chant to "Kenny Dalglish!", referring to the current Liverpool and Scotland striker.
To put the potential injustice of the 31-year-old missing out on the honour he craves in its true perspective, you only need to look at some of those who have won a league title winners medal and their contribution, or lack of one, to their team’s glory. One of the most obvious examples of recent years is Michael Owen who was handed a gong after starting just one game and scoring only one goal in Manchester United’s latest title winning season.
That Gerrard and Owen were once Liverpool team mates and remain close friends lends the situation an undoubted poignancy and the man who stayed true to his boyhood club must look at the one who walked away with a certain degree of envy. Equally, though, Gerrard knows that winning one with Liverpool is what matters most, not sailing under the almost meaningless flag of convenience offered to him by a rival club. If – and it does remain an if given the distance that Liverpool still need to travel – he does get to scratch the title itch that continues to irritate him then it would provide him with the most tremendous mix of elation, relief and achievement imaginable. Owen, by contrast, could well have been left with the kind of empty feeling that accompanies ill-deserved triumph. He might have the medal but he didn’t really earn it, not in the same way as his team mates and not in the same way that most other title winners have done in the past. - Tony Barret (x)
“I am not the future of Liverpool. Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates are. But I can still be part of the present for a few more years. It’s only one game I’ve not been selected so it’s not the end yet.”—Jamie Carragher (via effyeahlfc)