The Liverpool fans turned on back-up goalkeeper Adrian, who was standing in for the injured Alisson Becker, after the former's weak performance in extra-time, receiving three goals that changed the course of the match.
Atletico Madrid denied the Reds a seemingly guaranteed win that would have led them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the third consecutive year. Atletico became the first team to win against Liverpool at Anfield in 43 matches.
Liverpool’s fans put the blame on the Spanish goalkeeper, accusing him of not doing enough to save the team.
“I literally can’t blame the players. They did everything but Adrian messed it up. Nothing we can do,” a fan tweeted.
I literally cant blame the players. They did everything but adrian messed it up. Nothing we can do— - (@JurgenKloppLFC_) March 11, 2020
“Adrian legit may have had money on Atletico tonight. What a disgrace. He singlehandedly blew the f**king game,” another Liverpool supporter suggested.
Adrian legit may have had money on atletico tonight. What a disgrace. He singlehandedly blew the fucking game— Niko (@PingMan_14) March 11, 2020
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stepped in to defend the back-up goalkeeper, urging fans to be respectful to Adrian, saying “we will not blame him for a second”.
"We will not blame him for a second... stay respectful."— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) March 12, 2020
Klopp on Adrian. pic.twitter.com/St2z8HOUsd
honestly feel awful like it was perfect everyone played brilliantly there is genuinely no one to blame other than adrian unfortunately— klopp can't make subs (@origiismydad) March 11, 2020
I DONT WANNA SEE ADRIAN IN THE RED SHIRT AGAIN THIS’S A DISGRACE TO ANFIELD #LIVATL— yasmin (@yafarhh) March 11, 2020
players were absolutely outstanding, fully deserved to go through. Adrian is to blame 100% and that’s it.— Declan Bickers (@DeclanBickers) March 11, 2020
Adrian is an awful dump.— Dr Nassar (@sir_nassar25) March 11, 2020
It was in our hands & all gone in an instant.
What a heartbreak😣
All the players were awful including the best defender in the world🤡— OSCAR (@Iam_Oscar1) March 11, 2020
But the blame is on Adrian smh