Lost £200,000 bonus after mistakenly named in Liverpool’s Champions League final squad

A former Liverpool player has been left gutted and £200,000 out of pocket after a Champions League final team blunder.

Stephen Warnock, who was a regular in the Reds’ trip to the final in Istanbul in 2005, making four European appearances, was initially named in the squad to face AC Milan only to be dropped due to an error.

The retired defender, now 42, shared his heartbreak on the Undr The Cosh podcast, recalling the moment he thought he had made the move. “I remember running after the last training session and thinking ‘please be in’,” he said.

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Warnock recalled a mixture of joy and shock as he reacted “damn” to seeing his name listed among the 18 players. However, the euphoria was short-lived when then-manager Rafa Benitez reversed the decision just hours later.

Detailing the heartbreaking call, Warnock said: “I rang the family and told them to book the plane tickets. I was at home getting everything ready, then the phone rings and it’s Pako Ayestaran, who was number two at the time. say, “I made a mistake with the team, you’re not in it.” I said “what?”.

For Warnock, a lifelong Liverpool supporter, the disappointment was profound, not to mention the significant financial loss. “It shouldn’t have come into it, but it did,” he admitted, via the Mirror.

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