'Nice of them to turn up for once': Steven Gerrard aims barb at Chelsea fans.

The Reds captain was given a frosty reception at Stamford Bridge but later received a standing ovation when he was taken off.

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Steven Gerrard aimed a barb at Chelsea fans in the wake of Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, saying it was "nice of them to turn up for once".

The Reds captain, whose slip against Chelsea at Anfield last season proved to be a pivotal moment in the title race, was given a frosty reception by the home supporters on Sunday afternoon.

He responded in fine style, however, nodding home an equaliser after John Terry had given the champions an early lead.

Gerrard was later given a standing ovation by the Chelsea fans, but was in no mood to express gratitude for the gesture after the game.

"Chelsea fans have shown me respect for a couple of seconds but slaughtered me all game," he said.

"It was nice of them to turn up for once today.

"What's important is the support from the Liverpool fans. They've been with me from day one."

Gerrard did, however, speak of his respect for Jose Mourinho, who described the midfielder as his "favourite enemy" before Sunday's match.

"I have huge respect for him. He's the best manager in the world, in my opinion," continued Gerrard.

"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 occasions 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."

Source: Daily Mirror

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