Liverpool legend John Barnes slept next to homeless people outside Barcelona airport on a hellish journey to Madrid for the Champions League final, he has revealed.
Barnes was with his family in Santorini, but his flight to the Spanish capital was cancelled meaning he had to take a marathon detour.
The 55-year-old flew to Athens before catching a connecting flight to Barcelona, where he was due to board a train.
But Barnes arrived at the station in Barcelona at 2am, three hours before his train, and two hours before the doors opened.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “I was with my family in Santorini, I had to be here at 8:30am on Thursday morning.
“My flight from Santorini got cancelled, so I then had to fly from Santorini to Athens, from Athens to Barcelona.
“I got to Barcelona at 2am, I had to get a train to Madrid, it was not until 5am, the train station is not open until 4am.
From 2am until 4am I was lying on the floor outside the train station with a lot of homeless people before the train station opened.
“That’s how committed I was to getting here.”
Barnes also couldn’t resist a dig at former Liverpool teammate Ian Rush, doubting whether the Welshman would have shown the same commitment to be in Madrid.
“I am not going to mention any names, about other divas who played for Liverpool, my former teammates who would have wanted to be in a five star hotel,” he said.
“I slept on the floor of the train station for three hours, that is how much of a fan I am. I am not going to say who wouldn’t have done it… Ian Rush… But apart from that, that is my commitment to the cause.”
Barnes is confident Liverpool will get the job done against Tottenham – but insists he won’t be partying into the night if that is the case.
He added: “What we learn at Liverpool is, it will be fantastic, we will enjoy it, but then what’s next? What’s next to make sure we are there again next season?
“So we are gonna celebrate, have fun, but then we are going to be focused. We have to be focused about replicating that next season.”