Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard disclosed he had to sneak out of Anfield as his nerves threatened to give way during his former side’s heroics against Barcelona.
The former Liverpool skipper who masterminded the 2005 Istanbul comeback against Milan took daughter Lourdes to watch Jurgen Klopp’s side recover a three-goal deficit as they swept into the Champions League final.
But the tension-filled final stages as Liverpool held on to a 4-0 triumph was too much for the former Anfield hero to handle, so he made his excuses and left.
“My nerves the other night at Anfield were difficult to control,” confessed Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League-winning captain via the Telegraph.
“I had to leave before the end once it was 4-0. I had my seven-year-old daughter with me and I used that as an excuse to go, saying she had school the next day.
“But really it was more about my nerves – God knows what the players were going through. I don’t think I’d have been able to cope with seeing either Coutinho, Suarez or Messi break my heart.“
“So I decided to beat the traffic and get out of there before it went wrong. “It’s different being a manager in those circumstances because you prepare yourself for big games. You get yourself fired up. But as a fan, you go relaxed then all of a sudden a dream starts brewing and you think ‘wow’.
🇹🇷 Istanbul, 2005:
⏰ 54’ Gerrard
⏰ 56’ Smicer
🏴 Anfield, 2019:
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“On Tuesday when it went 1-0, I was thinking, ‘If we get one more this is game on’ – then it came… “But the longer it went, there was just too many quality [Barca] players on the pitch so I had to get out.
“As a fan an ex-player, Tuesday was probably the best atmosphere I’ve seen at Anfield. It took me back to Chelsea when we scored the Luis Garcia goal, to Olympiakos – the big games I experienced myself.”
Liverpool will play Spurs in the Champions League final on the 1st of June at the Wanda Metropolitano.