Adam Bogdan accepted the blame for the opener in Liverpool's 3-0 reversal at Watford on Sunday and pledged the players will work hard to eradicate such mistakes moving forward.
The Hungarian mishandled a corner in the third minute of the Barclays Premier League contest, allowing Nathan Ake to force in a goal that inspired the home side.
Odion Ighalo doubled their advantage soon after as he sped onto an over-the-top pass, saw off Martin Skrtel and found the net with a low finish from a tight angle.
And it was the same striker who finally put paid to any hopes of a comeback by Jürgen Klopp’s team in the 85th minute by heading his second and Watford’s third past Bogdan.
The goalkeeper later told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s not easy to recover after a goal like that in the first couple of minutes. It’s never going to be easy.
“Of course it hit us and Watford managed to score another goal, which was another blow. We tried to come back into the game and I think we gave everything, although I don’t think we played very well. But we tried. Watford were really good but we – and myself – gave them a headstart.
“I dropped the ball, of course. There’s a mistake there. After that, I felt my hand was on the ball and I was going to bring it out.
“Obviously he knocked it out of my hand – but we are talking about split-seconds. Through the bodies, of course it’s hard to see. I’m not blaming anybody but myself to drop the first ball.”
The result leaves Liverpool without a victory in four games in all competitions, since the spectacular 6-1 thrashing of Southampton to book a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
Klopp was frustrated by his team’s reaction to the goals at Vicarage Road and Bogdan admitted work needs to be done on preventing such errors before league leaders Leicester City visit Anfield on Boxing Day.
He said: “It’s not easy when these things happen and the team has to fight back and work really hard to get back into the game. It’s not ideal.
“The only thing you can do is go back to the training ground and work really hard, like we’ve been doing, and then correct these mistakes. Hopefully these mistakes will go away and we can start winning games.
“Apart from the very big mistakes, there were some other things during the game. We need to look at it and correct it as quickly as possible.
“Then forget this result and focus on Leicester and the next games to get back on track. The games are coming thick and fast and we need to concentrate on those.”