Jurgen Klopp explains what Adam Lallana did after his miss against Manchester City

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Adam Lallana probably didn't sleep much on Sunday night.

The Liverpool midfielder was guilty of missing a glorious opportunity during his side’s pulsating 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

With just 10 minutes remaining, Roberto Firmino’s squared the ball for Lallana, who had virtually an open goal from six-yards. However, he proceeded to completely miss the ball and squander the chance to give Jurgen Klopp’s side a precious three points in their race for a top four finish.

And, unsurprisingly, Lallana was feeling pretty guilty after the game.

Despite a decent performance in the midfield, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the former Southampton star apologised to him after the game because of his embarrassing miss.

Lallana's apology

“After the game Adam immediately said to me sorry, and I thought ‘why?’” Klopp said.

“Now I know why he thought he had to say sorry but he doesn’t have to because his performance today was outstanding again.

“Obviously he is one of the best, if not the best, player technical wise I’ve ever worked with. If he can’t (score), then I thought because he had worked so hard before.

“The goalkeeper was good today, so maybe he made a movement. Or he was surprised that we played like this because we did not 20 times before. But these things can happen.”

Race for a top four spot

Because of that Lallana miss, Liverpool probably felt that they deserved all three points against Pep Guardiola’s side. However, their failure to win means they now face an almighty fight to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Liverpool have played a game more than both Spurs and City but find themselves behind them in the table (three points behind Spurs and one point behind City).

They have also played two more matches than Manchester United and Arsenal with them four points clear of United and six points ahead of the Gunners.

In truth, though, Liverpool fans probably shouldn’t be too hard on Lallana considering the campaign he’s had so far.

His seven goals in 24 league matches is already his best tally in a Liverpool shirt with his work-rate and energy being important to Klopp’s style.

While he may have apologised to Klopp, the perfect way to make it up to the Liverpool fans would be a goal in the Merseyside Derby following the international break.

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