Liverpool’s season came to a shuddering halt this weekend with the Reds going down 2-1 to Aston Villa in an FA Cup semi-final few expected the Merseysiders to lose.
But come Sunday at Wembley it was all about Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and a certain Tim Sherwood.
That’s not to say Liverpool’s soon-to-be-departed icon Steven Gerrard was not a topic of discussion, with the 34-year-old featuring fairly prominently on social media.
Here is the best of what was said on Twitter.
Ahead of the big game, Opta Joe was offering up the kind of stats that must have had Stevie G and Reds fans smiling.
12 – Steven Gerrard has scored more Premier League goals against Aston Villa than any other side in his career (12). Return.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 19, 2015
They were not the only ones either, with Squawka highlighting Liverpool’s fine semi-final record.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 19, 2015
The game kicked off and those of the Merseyside persuasion were soon celebrating with Philippe Coutinho scoring the opener.
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) April 19, 2015
Replays, and a rather nasal-sounding Michael Owen, later confirmed it went in via a significant deflection.
— Graeme Milne (@GMilne86) April 20, 2015
They were not ahead for long, however, with Villa levelling things up via a far from surprising source.
#FACup 1-1: Guess Who? Aston Villa’s last 7 goals in all comps: Benteke Benteke Benteke Benteke Benteke Benteke Benteke
— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) April 19, 2015
At half-time, the prognosis from a Liverpool legend was not a good one for the Merseysiders.
Villa the better side in the first half. Grealish looks a great talent, Benteke and Delph excellent.
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) April 19, 2015
And any Liverpool fears were soon confirmed when Aston Villa took the lead after the break through Fabian Delph.
GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!!! 2-1 Villa! Fabian Delph! pic.twitter.com/LxMcWWyEYb
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 19, 2015
Liverpool tried to get back into the game, with Gerrard going close with a header. Mario Balotelli then had an equaliser ruled out for offside, when he wasn’t.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) April 20, 2015
It was all in vain, however, with Liverpool ultimately deserved losers.
And so the Gerrard trolling began.
Some reminded him of Jose Mourinho’s words.
Jose Mourinho challenged Steven Gerrard 10 years ago when he rejected a move to Chelsea. Didn’t work out well for SG! pic.twitter.com/r7yNBYCrLm
— Sportskeeda Football (@SK_Football) April 20, 2015
Others simply wheeled out Ian Beale.
— 90min (@90min_Football) April 20, 2015
Louis van Gaal got a run out.
Has Gerrard ever won the league? https://t.co/55LrZOcQV0
— FootyHumour (@FootyHumour) April 19, 2015
While Bleacher Report scored points for creativity.
Slight change of plan for Steven Gerrard on his birthday. pic.twitter.com/0A41So67vq
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) April 19, 2015
This was our personal favourite though and a contender for the best heat map ever.
— Juanmanband (@Jaydogg_3001) April 19, 2015
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