Here's What Steven Gerrard Said In His 2005 Champions League Final Halftime Team Talk

"He gave the best captain's speech I ever heard in my career"

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Three nil down to a colossal AC Milan, relying on players like Djimi Traore and Steve Finnan, Liverpool's Champion's League final comeback - 'The Miracle of Istanbul' - is one of the great tales in football folklore, and now we know what sparked it all off: Steven Gerrard's halftime team talk.

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Against a side that featured the likes of a prime Kaka, Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf and Andriy Shevchenko, Liverpool were - to put it politely - getting battered all over the park, but that all changed after the homegrown Scouse captain had a chance to rally the troops at halftime.

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Speaking to The Mirror, Djibril Cisse has revealed just what Gerrard said to the team to inspire one of the greatest reversals in fortune the game has ever seen.

"He [Gerrard] asked nicely to the staff to be alone with the players," Cisse, who would go on to score a penalty in the shoot-out, said.

"He said that he is a Liverpool kid, always been his club, he didn't want to see his club being like this, being humiliated. And he said if we scored in the first 15 minutes we would win the game and he's the guy who scored the first goal."

In addition to rousing the troops, Gerrard sparked the fightback that went all the way to penalties and, ultimately, glory.

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"He gave the best captain's speech I ever heard in my career," Cisse said.

"He asked everyone to leave, including Rafa, he just asked to be with the players. That's what gave us the power to go and win the game. You need to have some balls to do this."

"It was the most incredible night of my career. I wish and really I hope a lot of players will experience what we lived through that night."