Jan Oblak's Highlights Against Liverpool Prove He's The World's Best
Jan Oblak put in one of the most memorable goalkeeping performances in a Champions League game to help Atletico Madrid qualify for the quarter finals.
In the first leg against Liverpool, three weeks ago, Atleti keeper Oblak had little to do as the Reds had no shots on target but things were very different on Wednesday night.
Unsurprisingly at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's team dominated possession for most of the game, with 72% of the ball. Liverpool had 34 shots with 11 on target, only to be denied by Oblak at crucial occasions during the match.
His personal highlights reel is proof enough of his standing as the best keeper in the world.
Atletico won the tie in extra-time, but there was one reason why they got there...
One big, Slovenian reason.
Jan Oblak was a man inspired last night :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/1mK1BWULj7
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 12, 2020
Unsurprisingly the 27-year-old won the man of the match award for his display that saw him make nine saves, more than any other keeper in the Champions League so far this season.
After the game his manager Diego Simeone compared the goalkeeper to Lionel Messi, saying, "We have a goalkeeper who is the best in the world, like Barcelona who also plays Messi and solves games for him.
"Oblak is the best, he solves us and that is why he is in the place it deserves."
While the Slovenian was shining in goal for the away team his opposite number was having a poor game, and cost Liverpool the tie.
The Reds were without Alisson so had to play Adrian in goal, as they did at the beginning of the season. The Spaniard's poor clearance and unconvincing attempt at a save led to Atleti's first goal in extra time.
With just a minute to go, the former West Ham goalie may have done better for Alvaro Morata's goal too, as the striker secured Atleti's place in the next round.
Simeone and Oblak will be hoping to avoid Juventus in the next round, should the Italians make it through (or should the quarter-finals even take place). The Spanish side almost always get knocked out by a Cristiano Ronaldo-led team and the Ballon d'Or winner has scored four hat-tricks past the keeper.
For everyone else though, they'll fear Atleti and their goalkeeper more than they'll fear any opposition.