Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana attempted to apologise for his late miss in the 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Sunday, per Goal.com.
The match was a thrilling encounter, with Sergio Aguero's trademark near-post run and finish cancelling out an earlier James Milner penalty.
Lallana was presented with a glorious chance to give the Reds the victory, though, with Roberto Firmino squaring the ball to him, with the English midfielder agonisingly rolling the ball under his foot from eight yards out.
That Lallana miss today was sickly. Like when you burp and a bit of vom comes up and you swallow it back. Urgh.— VUJ (@DavidVujanic)
March 19, 2017
Whilst the miss was a bad one, Klopp was adamant that there was no blame attached on Lallana's part, praising his overall performance, and understanding why he scuffed the shot so late on.
"Obviously he's one of the best - if not the best - player, technical-wise, I have ever worked with," Klopp told his post-match news conference. "If he couldn't [score] in this moment, I thought it was because he worked so hard before.
"Immediately after the game, Adam said 'sorry' to me and I thought 'why?' - but now I know why he thought he had to say sorry. But he didn't have to because his performance was outstanding again."
Adam Lallana just congratulated me on my penalty. I said Thanks Adam but enough about me. How did you miss that chance? He just walked off.— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner)
March 19, 2017
The result saw Liverpool slip to within four points of the onrushing Manchester United, and Klopp will be hopeful that the team can bounce back with a win in the huge Merseyside Derby against an in-form Everton, after the international break.
"We are still in a battle, that's how it is," Klopp said. "It's a really important sign that we can already do this. We have to improve - in a game like today, we have to improve and in all of the other games, we have to improve."
The magnitude of coming fixtures may well play into Liverpool's hands, as many of their best performances this season have come against sides close to them in the league, and they will hope to harness this momentum, to solidify a place in the Premier League's top four, after a poor start to 2017.