Gareth Bale has revealed that Adam Lallana texted him after the Champions League final admitting Liverpool’s players had struggled to cope with their nerves.
The Reds lost the game 3-1 in Kyiv, with Loris Karius making two infamous blunders to gift Real Madrid a third straight title.
Lallana, who replaced the injured Mo Salah during the first half of the match, stated that some of his teammates ‘struggled to sleep the night before’.
Bale told FourFourTwo (quoted by The Mirror): “He told me they’d all been struggling to sleep. We’d all been really relaxed because we were so used to being in that situation.
“That gave us a big advantage as we knew how to deal with the emotions of everything surrounding a big final. Maybe Liverpool didn’t.”
Has Bale just tipped the balance in Manchester City’s favour?
Lallana may not thank his former teammate for such a revelation.
Essentially it shows that Liverpool have the potential to come unstuck when the pressure is on.
The pressure is most certainly on the Reds in the Premier League right now, after two straight draws allowed Manchester City to go top of the league.
City beat Everton on Wednesday and have replaced the Reds at the summit by vitrue of a better goal difference.
There’s potential that Lallana’s admission could be used by Manchester City’s players as motivation going forwards.
If they know the Liverpool players are prone to nerves in the big moments, then they could leave them trailing in their wake in the title race.