Adam Lallana has taken time to apologise to fans for fluffing his lines late on against Manchester City.
He missed a chance from six-yards out after Roberto Firmino’s excellent lay-off, when many Liverpool fans were already celebrating.
It could have clinched us a 2-1 win, but to be fair, City had plenty of chances themselves – with Sergio Aguero somehow missing the target from close-range too.
Lallana says he basically got too excited, and that the bounce before it reached him put him off.
“My eyes lit up, I just thought to myself: ‘If I get some connection on this, it’ s a goal’, but it just took a bounce in front of me,” Lallana told the Echo.
“I might have just taken my eyes off the ball for a second and got excited. Oh, I’m absolutely gutted. It could have proven to be the winner and it was a big moment in the game. I’m so disappointed with it.
“Me being me, I went into the dressing room and said sorry to them all. That’s the way I felt. I put my hands up. To not hit the target, it was a chance I should have hit the target with and probably should have scored. I felt if we got the second, we would have put the game to bed.
“I apologised for not hitting the target but the lads were fine. It’s one of those things, isn’t it? They happen sometimes. It was a good point but I’m so disappointed not to score it because it could have been the difference.
“It was a great game to play in and I’m sure it was a great game for the neutral to watch. Two top teams playing football like that. These are the games you want to be involved in. We were dangerous and looked as if we would get the second.”
No Liverpool fans should be holding a grudge, though. Lallana was brilliant against City and will hopefully be on similar, dynamic form against Everton after the international break.
We just hope he comes through England’s fixtures unscathed, as time and time again we lose players to injuries when they’re representing their countries.
Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are in South America for two fixtures, while Sadio Mane’s got Senegal games, too. It’s a case of crossing our fingers and waiting for them to return.