Jordan Henderson drew comparisons to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard for his inspirational display against AC Milan – but it was another iconic captain who congratulated him on Wednesday night.
In fact, Paolo Maldini interrupted his conversation with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to congratulate Henderson on his man of the match performance in the thrilling 3-2 win over Milan.
Maldini lost to Gerrard in one of the greatest Champions League games of all time as Liverpool came back from three goals to win the crown in Istanbul 16 years ago.
It wasn’t epic in those proportions, but it wasn’t far off.
After storming the blocks and making 13 shots in the first 15 minutes, Liverpool took the lead, missed a penalty, and then sort of ended up 2-1 before half-time.
As in 2005, they made a comeback inspired by their skipper, as Henderson won it with a magnificent half-end of which Gerrard would have been proud.
According to The Times, Maldini was talking to Klopp and AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli through the tunnel around 20 minutes after the game.
They report that a heated discussion only ended when Henderson walked in with his Man of the Match award, as the Italian legend screamed to toast his performance.
From a five-time European Cup winner and one of the greatest players in football history, that must have meant a lot.
A hero for many, Maldini also shared a moment with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who posted a photo with Milan technical director on his Instagram.