John Nicholson didn’t feel quite comfortable during the Steven Gerrard tribute. A dissenting voice over at Football 365:
I do understand why footballers are held in high affection but the mawkish display at Anfield this weekend was almost unpleasant in its bizarre sugariness. I’m not really sure what was going on. It seemed very odd for the crowd to stay behind in order to wave goodbye and say thank you to a man whose name they have been chanting for 15 years. Was that not enough recognition and adulation already? Why was it necessary to do it all again. For longer.
It isn’t as though playing for Liverpool was an act of selfless sacrifice that has gone without accolade or reward. This wasn’t a nurse who wiped backsides for 20 years on minimum wage for little or no recognition. It was a man paid beyond the dreams of avarice to play football. It wasn’t a small, unrecognised act that needed extra praise. It had already been acknowledged thousands of times.
He might come across bitter to many, but I share his sentiment. I sometimes feel uncomfortable with the thought that my kids might worship another human being. I don’t think it is particularly healthy, especially for many celebrities that aren’t worthy of praise above other working people. That’s not to say there is something wrong with Gerrard, it’s just the level of adulation that is off-putting.