Steven Gerrard played a crucial role in Liverpool’s thrilling comeback over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.
The midfielder scored in the 54th minute to start the fightback and then won a penalty shortly afterwards as Xabi Alonso made it 3-3.
Gerrard was deservedly named Man of the Match for his part in helping Liverpool complete the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ and win a fifth European Cup.
However, his role in Liverpool’s half-time inquest, as the Reds wondered just how they had fallen 3-0 behind, has been played down.
Back in 2018, Djibril Cisse recalled a story about how Gerrard had rallied his teammates at the interval.
But it was, rather awkwardly, denied by Jamie Carragher, who was there with Cisse and Gerrard.
The former France international told RMC Sport, per the Mirror: “Stevie gets up and says that Liverpool is all he has, it is his club, all he has ever known and he does not want to be the laughing stock of the history of the Champions League.
“He says that if we respect him and love him as a captain, then we need to dust ourselves off and get back in the match.
“He has a crazy match – but that half-time speech will remain imprinted in my mind forever.”
Yet Carragher rubbished the claim.
Responding to Cisse’s comments on Twitter, the former centre-back posted the monocle emoji alongside two laughing emojis.
When directly asked if the story was true, he replied, per the Mirror: “I don’t think so, maybe I left the dressing room with the staff!”
And to heap more misery on Cisse, Carragher replied with a ‘nodding’ gif when asked if he could confirm that this is the winner of the Didn’t Happen of the Year Award 2005.
What a shame.
Perhaps the post-match celebrations left Cisse’s memory a bit foggy.
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