With Liverpool drawing 1-1 with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, things could have been very different if Adam Lallana had gotten the right connection on the ball after Roberto Firmino’s Pass left him with a chance from point-blank range.
The England international somehow failed to convert the glaring opportunity late in the second half, forcing Jurgen Klopp to leave with a single point in the bag after a gruelling encounter which, in all honesty, could have gone either way.
Speaking to the Daily Mail and cited by Liverpool’s official website, Lallana explained what was going through his mind at the crucial moment and also revealed that he apologised to his teammates in the dressing room.
“My eyes lit up, I just thought to myself ‘If I get some connection on this, it’s a goal’ but it just took a bounce in front of me.
“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. To not hit the target… 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.”
Lallana’s teammate Georginio Wijnaldum told the Mail that no one blames the former Southampton man for the result.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry, I have to score it,’ but no-one blames him,” the Dutchman explained. “We all know he wants to score and anyone can have those moments in a game. It can happen.
“He helped us a lot this game, he played a good game, intercepted a lot of balls, so there is no point in blaming him.”
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