Playmaker thought he’d notched a screamer…
Adam Lallana was inches away from gifting us a valuable win against Chelsea last night, only for Thibaut Courtois to pull off a miracle fingertip save…
Arriving on the edge of the box, the substitute struck a sweet half-volley, which was swerving away from Courtois, but the giant Belgian somehow clawed it out. In fairness, it was one of the best saves seen at Anfield in many an evening.
“I can’t believe the ‘keeper saved it, I was halfway on my celebration,” the Reds’ No.20 told Liverpoolfc.com after the first leg concluded.
“It was a fantastic save and probably one of the reasons why he got Man of the Match. He is world-class and Chelsea are a world-class team.
“We come off the pitch disappointed but still in the game. We’ll go to Stamford Bridge and we’re fully confident we can go through to the final.
“I thought we played well in the first half but gave away a pretty soft penalty. The lads showed great character to get back into it. We said at half-time to be patient and that we were going to get chances.
“Being on the bench for the first hour and especially for the first 15 minutes of the second half, we knew we were going to come back and get chances – eventually we got the goal.”
We expected the £26m summer signing to be out for most of January following the injury he picked up on New Year’s Day versus Leicester City, but returned early – even making the bench for the Aston Villa victory.
He came on against Jose Mourinho’s Blues for Steven Gerrard after 70 minutes, and it looked like he hadn’t been away, fitting seamlessly into the front-three. Lallana will be crucial to our push for Cup glory and a top four finish from now until the end of the season. His versatility enables him to play any attacking midfield role – and he also offers more of a goal threat than Coutinho – as shown by his excellent strikes against West Brom and Swansea earlier in the campaign; as well as the almost brilliant one last night.