‘Angry’ Gerard Pique reveals he was ‘throwing things on the floor’ in the dressing room after Barcelona’s Champions League capitulation at Anfield as he admits 2019 semi-final defeat by Liverpool was the worst of his career
- Gerard Pique said Barcelona’s defeat by Liverpool was the worst of his career
- The Catalans were beaten 4-0 by the Reds at Anfield in the Champions League
- Barca had won the first leg at the Nou Camp 3-0 but crumbled in the second
- Pique said he was so angry he threw things when he got into the dressing room
Gerard Pique has described the sheer anger he felt after Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League at Anfield and said the defeat was the worst of his career.
The LaLiga side took a 3-0 lead to Anfield in 2019 after a dominant display at the Nou Camp but crumbled as Liverpool mounted one of the most memorable comebacks in the competition’s history.
Divock Origi’s first half strike had put Liverpool 1-0 ahead at half-time before two goals in two minutes from Georginio Wijnaldum brought them level on aggregate.
Gerard Pique picked out Barcelona’s defeat by Liverpool as the biggest loss of his career
Barca threw away their 3-0 first leg advantage at Anfield to crash out of the Champions League
Origi then grabbed the winner in the 79th minute with Jurgen Klopp’s side making the final and going on to win the competition.
Speaking about the game in 2019, Pique said it was one of the worst experiences of his playing career and he picked out the game again during an interview with Spanish TV3 program Nexes.
‘Anfield,’ Pique told the broadcaster when asked about the biggest loss of his career.
‘I’m not the kind of player who comes into the dressing room throwing things on the floor to express my anger, but because of the first leg advantage, I did just that.’
Divock Origi scored the winning goal to send Jurgen Klopp’s side through to the final
The centre back has missed most of the season with a knee injury but is hoping to return in time for Barca’s clash with Real Madrid on April 10.
The Catalans are going through a period of transition after electing Joan Laporta as president following the resignation of Josep Bartomeu.
Pique has been talked about as a future Barca president but insisted his focus remains on finishing his playing career.
‘In these elections, I saw myself reflected. I have a lot of information from Barca and I wanted to see how they did it.
‘It was a worthy fight. And I hope that Laporta fulfills the mandate. But I do not know, I do not know if in the future I will be president. I feel that I am still a footballer.’