Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian admits that Atletico Madrid’s defeat in the Champions League has eaten away at him for a while.
The European Cup Reds’ defense ended in March when Atleti won 3-2 after extra time at Anfield.
After a 1-0 loss to Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg, Jurgen Klopp’s team largely dominated the home game but found Los Rojiblancos goalkeeper Jan Oblak in an inspired form.
The 2019 winners had 34 shots in total and led the evening when Roberto Firmino doubled the Reds’ advantage in overtime.
An error by Adrian allowed Diego Simeone’s men to return to the draw, before the Spaniards scored twice more against the end of the match with Liverpool by pushing for the third they needed.
Speaking to DAZN, Adrian, who replaced the injured Alisson Becker, admitted that the loss was difficult to bear before later accepting that his counterpart was simply in great shape.
“The first few days you eat,” said Adrian. “You do not accept that it was the last match, you have this bad taste in the mouth, sour enough to have lost a tie.
“When it looks like we have it pretty well on the home track, a game where we had more than thirty shots on goal, but we lose.
“The man of the match was definitely Oblak and, ultimately, Atletico played his game.
“They beat us in both games and they should have improved because they deserved it.”
Liverpool have not played since the March 12 loss, but resumed training at Melwood earlier this week.
The Reds need only six points from their last nine games to clinch their first championship title in 30 years, but have yet to know where and when they will resume their season.