Stephen Warnock has slammed Chelsea’s Twitter account for a ‘classless’ tweet ahead of the Blues’ trip to Liverpool on Wednesday.
The west London club put out a tweet of Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in 2014 that allowed Demba Ba to open the scoring in a 2-0 Premier League win for Chelsea, which severely dented Liverpool’s title challenge that year.
Warnock, who was born in Liverpool and came through the Reds’ academy, felt that Blues manager Frank Lampard would disapprove of the tweet, which was captioned ‘Back at Anfield tomorrow’.
Warnock tweeted himself: ‘What a lack of class,’ before using a thumbs down emoji.
When a broadcaster replied to the former defender’s tweet saying: ‘Free team talk there’, Warnock responded: ‘Just don’t get why a club would act in that way. Very strange, can’t imagine the manger would be yo [sic] happy about it.’
The tweet has since been deleted by the Chelsea social media team.
The defeat caused by Gerrard’s slip allowed Manchester City to win the Premier League title that year following a close race with Liverpool, who were then managed by Brendan Rodgers.
The match also saw the ex-Liverpool and England captain squander his best oppourtunity to become a Premier League champion at Anfield.
But Liverpool have certainly recovered from that season’s disappointment, having lifted the Champions League last season followed by the Premier League this year.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who took the armband following Gerrard’s departure in 2016, will lift the Premier League title in the Kop End following the match on Wednesday.
Chelsea, meanwhile, know that a win will seal a top-four place, thereby earning them a spot in the Champions League next season.