"My agent has blocked all the negotiations, I'm thinking only of football". He kept a clean sheet on Tuesday and was applauded by the Kop on what may prove his 171st and last appearance in the premier European club competition. It became a light training session for the weekend derby and Porto was able to save some face.
Salah eventually appeared in the 73rd minute, but by that stage his two forward partners, Mane and Roberto Firmino, were off the pitch and beginning their recovery for the United game.
After laughing off Gerrard's comment, Ferdinand claimed teams wouldn't want to draw Liverpool in the next round.
In a predictably low-key match in England, Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, whose hat-trick in Porto helped ensure there was little at stake at Anfield, came closest to breaking the deadlock. If it is 15, he trains again on Wednesday.
Defender Dejan Lovren feels his side are in good enough form to reach the decider.
"For this moment, it's a good situation".
For a team of United's collective talent, assembled at a cost only dwarfed by their City neighbours, this should not be occurring with frequency.
"I don't want to make it smaller than it is, but on the other side I don't want to make it bigger than it is", he told reporters after the match. Then, there's the arrival from Leipzig in the upcoming offseason of Naby Keita, another central midfielder who likes to get forward.
"We know something is to come because of the quality he showed so far".
In Raheem Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and even Ruben Loftus-Cheek (who is currently injured), Southgate isn't short of attacking midfielders if Lallana doesn't prove he is fit enough for the World Cup. Now we are in the next round, so I don't need any more positives.
Having scored five goals without reply in a dazzling first-leg display in Portugal three weeks ago, this was always going to be a procession for Liverpool at Anfield a ground that has been something of a fortress this season.
Klopp had admitted the club mismanaged the 29-year-old's return from long-term injury, rushing him back too soon.