After Philippe Coutinho struck a late winner for the Reds, the realisation of what Liverpool had achieved overtook their captain, who broke down into tears as he celebrated with his team-mates.
Of course, it was also a very emotional afternoon at Anfield as the club remembered the 96 fans who died at Hillsborough, including Gerrard’s own cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley, who was just 10 at the time of the disaster.
And who could begrudge Gerrard shedding a tear or two? Especially after a match which means he is a whole lot closer to realising his last remaining dream in football.
It is one of the quirks of modern football that Gerrard has never won a league title, with most believing he had missed his final chance in 2008-09 when Liverpool came second to Manchester United.
One of the greatest English midfielders of all time looked certain not to finish a season as an English champion yet, incredibly, Liverpool have embarked on a 10-game winning streak to put them clear at the top of the table with four games remaining.
Back in 2009, Gerrard revealed just how much he craves the league title in an interview with the Daily Post: “I’ve knocked two rooms into one where I keep all the mementos from Liverpool and England. That’s where I’ve got that photograph on the podium in Istanbul.
“It’s the best memory I’ve got in football so far, and the highlight of my career up to now, but I don’t want it to be in a few years. Whenever I walk into the room the first thing that comes into my mind is how I want to rearrange everything to make space for the one I really want.
“I’m desperate to get that photo of me with my team-mates holding the Premier League trophy. I don’t want to finish my career and have to go into that room and not have that. It does play on my mind how many years I’ve left to win it. I’ve turned 29 now so I know time isn’t on my side, but it’s important I don’t get obsessed by it.”
It was an obsession many thought would never be fulfilled, but now Liverpool have their destiny in their own hands. No wonder Gerrard was fighting back the tears.
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