Midfielder apologises to teammates after crucial miss against City
ADAM Lallana apologised to his teammates after fluffing the golden opportunity to cement Liverpool’s place in the top four.
The England midfielder was one of Liverpool’s standout performers in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City but he had the chance to grab the headlines in the final moments when one breakaway cut the home side’s defence in half.
Gina Wijnaldum ushered in Roberto Firmino and the Brazilian, in turn, picked out Lallana who was eight yards out and unmarked. City goalkeeper Willy Vardy.
Vardy, whose vigour and form have returned since Craig Shakespeare replaced Ranieri, said getting at him he could just about handle but attacking his family was another.
“Then of course the story is out there and people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything,” he said.
“On social media, you name it — walking down the street. To be honest I get them every week.
“Football fans don’t seem to like me. I just get on with it but when people are trying to cut your missus up while she’s driving along, with the kids in the back of the car, it’s not the best. It’s happened plenty of times.
“It is terrifying. All that can happen is they get banned on Twitter. People get cut up but if there’s no cameras you’re screwed.” AFP Caballero had even started to dive in the opposite direction.
Lallana, however, contrived to miss his kick completely and the chance to inflict a damaging defeat on Pep Guardiola’s side went begging. It was a moment that the 27-year-old could not get out of his mind.
He sought out Jurgen Klopp in the dressing room and then spoke to the rest of the squad in an attempt to offer an explanation, as he was distraught Liverpool’ s display did not get its full reward.
“My eyes lit up, I just thought to myself ‘if I get some connection on this, it’s a goal’ but it just took bounce in front of me,” explained Lallana, who has joined up with England for the games against Germany and Lithuania.
“I might have just taken my eyes off the ball for a second and got excited. Oh, I’m absolutely gutted. It could have proven to be the winner and it was a big moment in the game. I’m so disappointed with it.
“Me being me, I went into the dressing room and said sorry to them all. That’s the way I felt. I put my hands up. It was a chance I should have hit the target with and probably should have scored.
“I felt if we got the second, we would have put the game to bed.
“I apologised for not hitting the target but the lads were fine. It’s one of those things, isn’t it? They happen sometimes. It was a good point but I’m so disappointed not to score it because it could have been the difference.”
The point means Liverpool have come out of their 10 clashes with the other sides in the top six with 20 points, a total that cannot be surpassed by their rivals before the end of the campaign.
There is a sense, though, that Liverpool have let themselves down this season and they haven’t thrown down a more concerted challenge to Chelsea. Klopp’s squad have fallen short because of their failures in the run-of-the-mill games.
Lallana is confident, however, that glitch will be ironed out next year.
“You would rather the problem this way around rather than struggling to get points against the top teams,” he said. “I’m sure it will be easier to correct and get points against the teams who are scrapping against relegation in the future.
“We know we need to work on that and our record against them needs to be better. We will continue to do that.’ Daily Mail
Me being me, I went into the dressing room and said sorry to them all. That’s the way I felt. I put my hands up. It was a chance I should have hit the target with and probably should have scored.
This missed opportunity late in the game by Liverpool's Adam Lallana against Manchester City on Sunday probably cost the Reds all three points. The match ended 1-1.