Spending a night at Anfield, Liverpool collapsed at the hands of Jan Oblak, who turned “superman” into the Atletico Madrid goal with 9 excellent saves.
“The Kop” is not wrong when judging JanOblak’‘s talent. Before bringing Alisson Becker to Anfield, Oblak was the first choice for them. The port city team is expected to spend 100 million euros to free the Slovenian star, thereby making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.
The owners hesitated, eventually giving up the decision to buy Oblak. Alisson was brought back to England for 75 million euros. In the 2018/19 season, “The Kop” won the Champions League with the Brazilian goalkeeper. A year later, Oblak met Liverpool again and shined brightly. He flew like a “spiderman” and became a solid barrier.
Atletico “lived” thanks to Oblak
Oblak lost 2 goals, but during 120 minutes at Anfield in the return leg of the 1/8 Champions League round, he had 9 saves. The impressive performance of the 27-year-old goalkeeper contributed to the splendid 3-2 victory for Atletico, the result that helped the Madrid representative turn Liverpool into the former European Cup king.
The Slovenian star who became the biggest difference in the Atletico match was forced to pitch and spent most of the time struggling with the hostile attacks of the host. Sometimes Oblak is defeated, but his will and composure are always resilient. This was in stark contrast to the uncertain Adrian on the other side of the line.
Atletico “survived” in England thanks to Oblak. Marcos Llorente and Alvaro Morata scored important goals to help Diego Simeone’s army to knock Liverpool down, but Oblak became the first fulcrum to create a dramatic victory for the home team. Without Oblak, things could go wrong for Atletico.
Liverpool, after losing 0-1 in the first leg, knew what to do to turn the tables. The pressure they put on Oblak‘s goal was horrible. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took turns testing the Atletico temple guard. Twice in this match, Oblak had to go into the net to pick up the ball, but he did his best.
Watching the match, the commentator of the Bleacher Report kept saying “great” to talk about he. The way he discourages his opponents creates trust, imparts enthusiasm and fighting spirit to his teammates. The Atletico players bravely held the ball and kicked and did not have to look back with anxiety.
Oblak is becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the world and continues the Atletico tradition of always succeeding in training excellent temple guards. After David de Gea, there was Thibaut Courtois, and now Jan Oblak is on the newspaper to honor the heroes of the bull country capital.
Once, representative Miha Mlakar joked Oblak as a mixture of the talents of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. “Leo is the best player on the earth in terms of talent, Ronaldo is very good at maintaining professionalism. He meets both of these factors, but is the goalkeeper.”
The indisputable level of he
The saves in the top game like before Liverpool confirmed Oblak‘s level. However, since 2015, there have been 4 Slovenian goalkeepers receiving the Zamora award for the temple guard who owns the best performance in bullfighting. He also has 2 times standing in the typical team of La Liga.
Atletico is not a club with attacking style and vibrant like Liverpool, but the certainty of Oblak is all undeniable. When referring to Atletico’s custodian, coach Levante Paco López did not hesitate to assert: “He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world”.
Abundant talent, Oblak also shows great professionalism. The 27-year-old goalkeeper is not a human who likes to color or create waves. At the time of Liverpool’s contact, he said simply: “Everyone has their own opinion, but I confirm I still have a contract here and will commit to what has been signed.”
He is great, and Atletico is relying on a goalie’s talent. This has caused the Madrid team to face criticism. However, the team under Diego Simeone stepped on all the ridicule and decry to move forward. Today, they have knocked down Liverpool thanks to Oblak with steel hands.
That is the biggest difference that brings success to a club in the Champions League. The AS headline “hero” to describe Atletico’s victory over Liverpool. That is not wrong. With such a tough and unpredictable tournament as the European Cup, “Rojiblancos” will need true “heroes”.
Oblak is one of them, and what he shows certainly becomes Liverpool’s biggest regret.
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