It was three years ago today that Demba Ba scored his infamous goal against Liverpool which all but ended Liverpool’s title dreams of 2013/14.
Such was the impact of the Senegalese striker’s effort that it on its own signalled both the end of Steven Gerrard’s two decade long career at Anfield, and the downfall of Brendan Rodger’s stint on merseyside.
Had the Liverpool legend not famously slipped, becoming a living meme in the process, and Ba not capitalised to roll the ball past Simon Mignolet, things could have turned out very different for the aforementioned.
The Reds may very well have won the title, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard may very well have stayed at the club, and Liverpool may very well still be at the top of English football. Instead; Gerrard bowed out in humiliation, Suarez left for Barcelona, Liverpool conceded the title and Brendan Rodger’s failed to recapture the magic the next season, ultimately leading to his dismissal by the board.
It’s funny how one piece of slightly dislodged turf can have such a huge impact on the fortunes of one of English football’s greatest ever clubs.
For the strike, Ba will forever be remembered as cult hero and the man who stopped Liverpool winning the Premier League. Unfortunate not to eve really get his chance at the Bridge, Ba is still only 31 and the former West Ham and Newcastle hitman now plies his trade for Besiktas in Turkey.