Where are Liverpool’s starting XI from Steven Gerrard’s humiliating farewell match in 2015 now?
Steven Gerrard announced his retirement on this day five years ago, but his Liverpool goodbye in 2015 was a nightmarish finish to his 17-year career with the Reds.
Steven Gerrard may have started his Premier League managing career with three points over the weekend, but it has been five years since the Liverpool and England legend retired from the game.
After returning to the Premier League after a managerial switch from Rangers, the former Three Lions captain supervised Aston Villa’s 2-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday in his debut match in command.
Gerrard established himself as a footballing legend during his playing days, scoring 186 goals in over 700 matches and won nine trophies with his boyhood club Liverpool.
The midfield maestro, though, had a dreadful farewell in his final game in a Reds shirt after electing to head to the United States with LA Galaxy for one more hurrah before hanging up his boots.
An spectacular 17-year career with the Merseysiders came to a halt as Stoke City surprisingly hammered Liverpool for six goals, thereby spoiling Gerrard’s farewell celebration.
Brinkwire Sport looks back at what occurred to Gerrard’s teammates from that dreadful final day in 2015, when Liverpool were humiliated 6-1 by Stoke City, five years after he announced his retirement.
The guy who allowed six goals on that day stayed on Liverpool’s books until 2019, but was quickly replaced in goal when Jurgen Klopp arrived months later, not long after the Stoke thrashing.
The goalkeeper, who joined Liverpool for £9 million from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, was first replaced by Klopp’s German opponent Loris Karius, before being replaced by Alisson in 2018.
A year later, Mignolet returned to his hometown with Club Brugge, but the crushing defeats against English opposition have continued.
Manchester City recently humiliated Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with back-to-back 5-1 and 4-1 Champions League victories over Brugge. Ouch.
Will Steven Gerrard’s tenure as Aston Villa manager be fruitful? Leave your thoughts in the comments area. The Reds were forced to pitch a makeshift right-back in Emre Can at the bet365 Stadium a year before Trent Alexander-Arnold burst into the lineup. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.