Jurgen Klopp admits Adrian cost Liverpool but he will not 'blame' him

‘We were exceptional but the pass from Adrian was not… I love the boy but that is the wrong decision’: Jurgen Klopp admits keeper cost Liverpool in Champions League defeat by Atletico Madrid

  • Adrian’s howler gifted Atletico Madrid their first goal as Liverpool crashed out
  • Jurgen Klopp said his goalkeeper’s misplaced pass was a ‘wrong decision’
  • The Liverpool boss also criticised Diego Simeone’s dogged and defensive style 

Liverpool relinquished their grip on the Champions League after a costly goalkeeping error enabled Atletico Madrid to stage a smash-and-grab victory.

Jurgen Klopp’s side appeared to be heading to the quarter-finals early in extra-time as they led 2-0 but an inexplicable mistake by Adrian, Liverpool’s No2, changed the game and allowed Atletico substitute Marcos Llorente to score a crucial away goal.

Adrian, who was playing because of a hip injury to first choice keeper Alisson Becker, made a hash of clearing a simple pass then got himself into the wrong position as Llorente rolled the ball past him. 

Jurgen Klopp looked anguished as Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League at Anfield

Adrian made a ‘wrong decision’ which gifted Atletico Madrid their opening goal in extra time

The stand-in goalkeeper made a wayward pass which was collected by Atletico

Liverpool went on to concede two further cheap goals to lose the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Klopp refused to blame Adrian but he said: ‘Everyone who saw the game knows that it could have been different. I loved the first 90 minutes. 

‘Our only mistake was we scored our second goal too late. I loved the football we played. We caused them so many problems.

‘It was really exceptional… The pass (from Adrian) was not. I love the boy but that is the wrong decision. It was then a bit easy to finish the situation off for them. 

Macros Llorente shifted the ball on the edge of the box to create space to score his second

Diego Simeone sprinted down the touchline after Atletico scored their second goal

‘We will not blame. He is a man and he knows he made a mistake. We will not judge him.’

Liverpool took the lead through a Gini Wijnaldum header then Roberto Firmino put them within touching distance of the last eight but they completely lost their way after Llorente scored and lost at home for the first in Europe since October 2014.

The style in which Atletico achieved this victory, however, had Klopp biting his tongue

‘It should not have had a massive influence but in that moment the momentum changed,’ said Klopp. 

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian roared in frustration after his terrible mistake cost his side

‘Everything that was natural before that changed. They knew it could be their game. We became stiff, they got fresh legs. Congratulations to Atletico.

‘I’m a really under-average loser and if I said everything that was on my mind I would come across as the worst loser in the world.’

Asked to clarify what he meant, Klopp said simply: ‘The way they play, I don’t get it.’

It means Liverpool have lost a European knockout game at Anfield for the first time under Klopp and he said: ‘We have had party after party after party and tonight was a party. Everyone showed up in the best way. 

Simeone hailed goalkeeper Jan Oblak as the best in the world after his stunning performance

‘They fought hard, played in the best way. There is no impact. Atletico won both games, they deserve to be in the next round. We will go again.’

Diego Simeone hailed the performance of his goalkeeper Jan Oblak, saying; Our goalkeeper is the best in the world. He decides game the way Messi does for Barcelona.

‘I’m happy for the club that once again we are among the eight best teams in Europe. It was historic, beautiful.’

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