Adam Lallana apologised to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after his sensational miss in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City, the German manager has revealed, while also insisting he had no reason to say sorry because of an “outstanding” performance
Adam Lallana was presented with a supreme chance to win the game on 80 minutes, when Robert Firmino crossed for him with the entire goal at his mercy from just yards out, only for the 28-year-old to completely miskick.
Lallana offered his apologies to his teammates after the match, but Klopp insists that they were not needed and hailed the 28-year-old as one of the most technically-gifted players he has ever worked with.
“He’s one of the best if not the best player technically I ever worked with. If he can’t (explain the miss) – I thought it was because he worked so hard before,” he told reporters.
“After the game Adam said immediately to me ‘sorry’, and I thought, ‘Why?’ Now I know why he thought he had to say sorry but he doesn’t have to because his performance was outstanding. Everybody around me was so excited – not in the dressing room, they felt a little bit like I did – but the wonderful piece of football we did and then Adam couldn’t finish.
“But of course I know Aguero could have scored once or twice, a lot of penalty situations in the game. I cannot change it. But the game is positive of course, it’s how you have to play against good sides. It was intense, we defended well. The problem is I expect things like this from us and I cannot run around after a draw against Man City. But of course it’s good if you get a point in a game like this.”
The draw leaves Liverpool four points clear of fourth-placed Manchester United, albeit having played two games more than their fierce rivals.