Published: 13:09 | 13/3/20

Klopp refuses to blame Adrian mistake for defeat


Liverpool manager has refused blame stand-in goalkeeper Adrian for the club’s exit from the Champions League.

The holders were beaten 3-2 on the night after extra time and 4-2 on aggregate by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid outfit after a titanic second leg battle at Anfield.

A Roberto Firmino strike just four minutes into extra time looked to have put the hosts into the last eight following Georginio Wijnaldum's 44th minute opener.

But two quick Marcos Llorente goals, the first following a poor clearance from Adrian, before substitute Alvaro Morata sealed victory for the visitors in the dying seconds.

However, speaking afterwards Klopp refused to blame the goalkeeper who was only playing because of an injury to regular stopper Alisson Becker.

"He's a man and he knows that's how it is. We will not blame him for a second,” the German said.

“What you (the media) do, I don't know, but stay respectful - that would be really nice.

"He did not want to do that, he saved us in so many moments when he played. Since he's here, he had super performances.

"This goal didn't help tonight but that's how it is. I said, if you lose a game you always lose for some (different) reasons.

"I think everybody who saw the game tonight knows that it could have been different. I loved our first 90 or 95 minutes, however long it was.

"Our first, main mistake tonight was that we scored the second goal too late; we scored in extra time and not in the 90 minutes, so that was our fault.

"When you see a team like Atletico packed with world-class players in their positions and they play the way they play, it is the most difficult thing to do, to face. That's how it is.

"We did exceptionally well, we played exactly in the spaces we have to play. I loved the football we played.

"We caused them more problems than probably people thought after the first game. Against a defensive set-up like that, to cause a team that many problems is really exceptional, so I loved that.

"For two-and-a-half years we had an exceptional ride in the Champions League, we had party after party after party in the Champions League pretty much.

"And tonight was a party, everything was set, it was great - crowd exceptional, the stadium, everything showed up in the best way.

"The boys delivered a super game, fought hard, played well and scored wonderful goals.

"But we lost. That's it. No impact on anything. Now we have more time to prepare the Premier League games."

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