No need for ‘outstanding’ Lallana to apologise, Klopp claims

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Adam Lallana apologised after missing a golden chance to score
the winner for Liverpool at Manchester City on Sunday, but
Jurgen Klopp defended the midfielder’s “outstanding”
performance.

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Sergio Aguero cancelled out James Milner’s penalty in a
thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium, both sides having
clear opportunities to seal all three points and boost their
Champions League qualification hopes.

But it was Lallana who had the best opening of all, Roberto
Firmino presenting the England international with a simple
finish from eight yards which Lallana somehow allowed to roll
under his boot, the Brazilian prematurely celebrating ahead of
his team-mate’s howler.

“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.

“The goalie [Willy Caballero] was quite impressive for City
today and maybe he made a good movement or whatever, or he
[Lallana] was surprised that we played football like this
because we hadn’t 20 times before that. It was good, but that
really can happen. 

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“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.”

The draw leaves Liverpool just four points clear of rivals
Manchester United as they bid to secure a top-four finish in
the Premier League, with Klopp calling on his side to guarantee
a place in Europe’s premier club competition.

“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. 

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“I know a lot of reasons why we couldn’t and, as I said, it’s a
long-term project and if I wake up every morning and think, ‘Oh
my god, we lost the points there and there’ it wouldn’t make it
better, so I don’t do it.

“The next game is against Everton, they have come from behind
[in the table] and it is quite impressive, so it is not only a
derby, it’s another very important game.”

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