Brendan Rodgers revealed how Jordan Henderson was determined to dash back from the birth of his second child to captain Liverpool to the FA Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night.
The midfielder's partner gave birth to a baby girl overnight and Henderson left the Reds camp to attend the labour and spend time with his family.
The 24-year-old then rejoined up with his teammates at their hotel in Lancashire before turning in an excellent display at Ewood Park to help the Reds secure a place at Wembley against Aston Villa.
Rodgers explained in his post-match press conference: "Jordan Henderson actually had to go back from the hotel - his partner had their second child during the night, so he had gone away, hadn't slept so much and travelled back again and put in a performance like he did tonight, a real captain's performance.
"Some players maybe would have missed the game, but he said to me: 'Boss, as soon as the baby's out I'll be coming back!' There was a car waiting!
"He spent time with his young partner, child and family, which is great, but he said, 'I'll be back' - and he was. He had his lunch, he had a good sleep this afternoon and then played like a real captain."
Meanwhile, Rodgers confirmed Liverpool will check on injuries sustained by Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge at Ewood Park.
Sakho was withdrawn after 28 minutes of the contest, while Sturridge made way with five remaining of the Cup tie.
"We'll see [with Sakho] in the morning," said Rodgers. "He felt his hamstring tighten, so we'll just need to see it.
"Daniel Sturridge had a bit of tightness, so we took him off and we'll assess that tomorrow."