Former Premier League goalkeeper empathises with Liverpool's Adrián

Friday, March 13th, 2020 12:25pm

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-Watford and Brentford shot-stopper Rich Lee has defended fellow goalkeeper Adrián after his error led to the goal that sparked Atlético Madrid's dramatic comeback against Liverpool on Tuesday.

2-0 up with little over 20 minutes left to play in extra-time, many of the Liverpool faithful could have been forgiven for thinking their bid to retain the Champions League was still on course.

Yet after back-up goalkeeper Adrián's attempted clearance fell at the feet of João Félix, his pass found Marcos Llorente who made no mistake in dispatching his effort beyond Adrián, who arguably should have dealt with the shot better.

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That goal meant the score sat at 2-1, enough for Atlético Madrid to progress through to next round. The Spanish giants smelt blood; Llorente firing again before an Alvaro Morata finish was enough to end the tie as a contest. Atlético Madrid ended up running out 3-2 winners on the night, 4-2 on aggregate.

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With the tide turning after the visitors' first goal, many blame Adrián's error for Liverpool's elimination, yet former Watford 'keeper Rich Lee has empathised with the Spaniard.

Lee told Love Sport Breakfast: "But that yesterday from Adrián, now that's not because he's tried to do something stupid. 

"Do you know what if that would have been one where it had come back, they tried to meg a striker and be a bit of a hero for instance, we'd have been going hard on him.

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"The fact was it was just a genuine error. In terms of the goal itself, he should have taken a touch. It's as simple as that; ball comes in, you take a touch to the side, you just about have enough time to get your clearance way down the line. 

"You're right, he's trying to go safety, but it's such a tough skill. You try anybody, get someone to fire the ball at you and you then try and have a solid contact and kick the ball 50-yards. It's such a tough thing to do."

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