Adam Lallana has revealed that he apologised to his teammates after he missed a glorious opportunity to score the winner against Manchester City on Sunday.
With the score tied at 1-1, Lallana fluffed his lines in the 80th minute after Roberto Firmino put the ball on a plate for him.
It was a terrible moment and meant Liverpool missed the chance to leapfrog City into third place.
"Me being me, I went into the dressing room and said sorry to them all,” the Englishman said, per the Mirror. “That’s the way I felt. I put my hands up.
"To not hit the target… it was a chance I should have hit the target with, and probably should have scored. I apologised for not hitting the target but the lads were fine. It’s one of those things, isn’t it? They happen sometimes."
Lallana felt the wrath of Liverpool supporters on social media but his harshest critic has been himself.
The midfielder started the move but he couldn’t finish it when the chance came.
Did Firmino celebrate early?
It’s being disputed on Twitter as to whether Firmino actually started to celebrate prematurely, but the Brazilian’s reaction - a knee slide, before placing his hands to hands in anguish - tells you just how bad the miss was.
"Oh, I’m absolutely gutted. It could have proven to be the winner and it was a big moment in the game,” the former Southampton man added. “I’m so disappointed with it.”
It’s easy to criticise as a fan watching from afar. But yesterday’s match was one of the biggest in Liverpool’s season and he’s certainly produced more good moments this season than bad ones.
Lallana explained just what happened
The playmaker probably didn’t want to relive the experience again but he’s explained exactly what was going through his head when Firmino sent the ball across.
"My eyes lit up, I just thought to myself if I get some connection on this, it’s a goal,” he said. “It just took
“It just took bounce in front of me, I might have just taken my eyes off the ball for a second and got excited.
"I’m only disappointed not to score it because it could have been the difference. It was a great game to play in and I’m sure it was a great game for the neutral to watch.”
Fortunately for Liverpool, Lallana is the type of player who will use his mistake as motivation to perform well in the run-in.
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