It couldn’t have gone worse for Liverpool.
Not only the Reds had to suffer the ignominy of being going out of Europa League, but by taking the game till penalty shoot-out, their preparations from the weekend’s crucial Premier League tie against Manchester City have been hampered.
Liverpool were forced to take the extra-time, after Arslan put the home side back into the tie with a thunderous strike from outside the box in the second half.
The home side energized by the goal pressed hard in search for a victory. And they could have won it in normal time had Ba’s effort not been denied by the crossbar.
Both sides nullified each other in the extra time as a result the game went to the penalty shoot out. Besiktas converted all their attempts while managed to hit 4 out of 5. Dejan Lovren, who had a nightmare of a match, took the 5th shot and his effort horribly went way over the target.
Fans & journalists took twitter to express their reaction to Liverpool’s defeat & Lovren’s performance.
Deservedly out, really poor performance. Sturridge and Sterling appalling, Allen and Can fought hard but got worse as it went on. #LFC
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) February 26, 2015
Sad state of affairs for Lovren and Liverpool, overall we didn’t make the most of our chances, Besiktas deserved it..now concentrate on top4
— Zeiyad Y (@zeiyadY) February 26, 2015
Why would an out of form centre back take that crucial penalty though?
— Aakriti Mehrotra (@Aakriti1) February 26, 2015
If there’s one thing Lovren’s Liverpool career needed it was a penalty miss to put us out of Europe
— Adam Heath (@adamheath) February 26, 2015
Now then, who should be granted Liverpool’s most important kick of the season? Liverpool’s worst player of the season, you say? Makes sense.
— Alex Hess (@A_Hess) February 26, 2015
That couldn’t have gone any worse for LFC tonight.
Had to be Lovren, didn’t it?
— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) February 26, 2015
I just got hit on the head by a football. Where the fuck did that come from?
— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) February 26, 2015
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