Steven Gerrard says he had to leave Anfield early after being present for the miracle against Barcelona – because he was too nervous to continue watching.
The Reds legend was part of so many European miracles during his playing career that you’d think he’d be used to it – but not so.
Via the Liverpool ECHO, Gerrard said: “My nerves the other night at Anfield were difficult to control. 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.”
The Reds, of course, got over the line in the end, winning 4-3 on aggregate – a result no one saw coming after the first leg. It also meant Jurgen Klopp has won all 10 of his European knockout ties since joining the Reds – an incredible achievement.
It will take a second miraculous result of the week if Liverpool are to win the Premier League this weekend. The celebrations on Tuesday would pale into insignificance if that was to happen on Sunday.
Gerrard will be managing Rangers against Celtic earlier the same day, so he won’t be at Anfield for the final game of the season. Hopefully, he can watch on from afar if the Brighton result goes our way.