The former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher won the Champions League with Liverpool in that famous final in Istanbul in 2006 against Italian giants AC Milan. Carragher spoke with FourFourTwo and he revealed that famous European night in Istanbul prevented Gerrard from moving to Chelsea.
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“Winning the Champions League in 2005 kept him (Gerrard) at the club because it showed we could compete at the highest level,” Carragher said.
“It also meant that we qualified for the Champions League the next season, as we’d come fifth in the league. It’s hard to believe, but without his goal, history could have been very different.
“Stevie was 24 and belonged in the Champions League – he was the best-attacking midfielder in the world. Chelsea were desperate for him, but that goal changed everything.”