Zack Steffen’s old Liverpool tweet resurfaces after Man City howl
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen was guilty of a disastrous error that put Liverpool on course for victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday afternoon.
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Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen previously claimed Liverpool were interested in his services in a decade-old tweet that emerged during the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
The 27-year-old found himself in the spotlight at Wembley Stadium after being guilty of a calamitous error that handed the Reds a goal. He lingered on the ball too long in his own penalty area, allowing Sadio Mane to shut him down and double the lead Ibrahima Konate had given the Reds.
It proved to be a significant moment in a dominant first-half display for Liverpool, with Mane extending the lead further with a fine volley just before the break. Steffen faced further criticism for being beaten at his close position by the Senegal striker and eagle-eyed fans were quick to unearth an old social media post he had posted about the club. Anfield.
Writing on Twitter in 2012 – when he was a young talent at the Philadelphia Union academy – the United States international said: “Liverpool FC want to give me a try.” While Steffen claims to have been on the Reds’ radar, he eventually joined the Maryland Terrapins and it wasn’t until 2015 that he left his native country to hit the European stage. The Pennsylvania native arrived in Freiburg and played for the German club’s second team before returning to the United States to play for Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.
Steffen then moved to the Etihad for a fee of around £7m in 2019 and he made 20 appearances for the Sky Blues. Only two of them came to the Premier League but Pep Guardiola gave him plenty of tasks in the domestic cup competitions. The move could come under scrutiny following Steffen’s costly mistake in the semi-final, which regular No.1 Ederson watched from the substitutes’ bench.
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Mane, meanwhile, had no doubt that Liverpool had forced the shot-stopper into his blunder with his pressing approach. “Today is special – we were playing one of the best teams in the world,” the man of the match told BBC One. Winning this kind of match, especially in the semi-finals, is a big, big, big victory.
“We were very happy to win and qualify for the final. We started very well, everyone started on the right foot – for my first goal the goalkeeper made a mistake but I think we pushed him to make that mistake. It’s our style and I think that made the difference.”