Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that goalkeeper Adrian is not to blame as Atletico Madrid eliminated the defending champions from Champions League.
Adrian made an uncharacteristic error that allowed Joao to score moments after the Reds had gone 2-1 ahead on aggregate. Georginio Wijnaldum had opened the scores before Roberto Firmino added the second in extra time.
Fernando Llorente scored for Atletico before Alvaro Morata Alvaro Morata, another substitute, added a third in the 120th minute but it was Atletico’s first goal which killed the hosts’ momentum.
“He’s a man and he knows that’s how it is. We will not blame him for a second – what you (the media) do, I don’t know but stay respectful, that would be really nice,” said Klopp, who lost his first two-legged European tie since becoming Liverpool manager in the club’s first home European defeat since 2014.
“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.”
At the other end, Atletico keeper Jan Oblak had an outstanding night repulsing numerous attacks from the hosts and kept his side in the game earning praises from his manager Diego Simeone.
“He stopped every situation he had today but we also made it hard for their strikers to shoot,” he said.
“He saves games for us. Messi wins games for you up front and in goal people can win games for you as well. Oblak does that.
“Our fans will remember this and his performance for a long time.”