Mid­fielder apol­o­gises to team­mates af­ter cru­cial miss against City

New Straits Times - - Sport -


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.

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