Liverpool – Liverpool win despite Alisson blunder

Liverpool maintained their 100% record in the Premier League beating Leicester City 2 goals to one on Saturday. Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds come out on top with yet another win. Liverpool conceded their first goal this Premier League campaign when Alisson tried to dribble past the Leicester striker in his own box on the 63rd minute and lost out as the goalkeeper was left to look like a dunce. Alisson had warned the Liverpool fans that he would take a lot of risks last week when he made a cheeky little chip against Brighton and this was a result of the risks that he clearly takes during matches. Alisson is a goalkeeper who plays with his feet and Liverpool fans will soon understand that these rare errors will occur once in a while when you have a goalkeeper like Alisson. 

Jürgen Klopp put a positive spin on Alisson’s mistake, saying the goalkeeper and the rest of the team would learn. “It needed to happen so that it doesn’t happen again,” he said, explaining that while the goalkeeper bungled, so did his teammates by bringing him into the play too often. He says, “ It was clear it would happen one day, that we would concede because of that,” said Klopp. “[Alisson’s footwork] should be an option for us, but not the solution. We have to learn to use him in the right way. Play the pass at the right moment. Joe Gomez could have cleared the situation and then Virgil for sure could have done it. Then if Alisson had kicked the ball away everything would have been fine but for some reason, he didn’t. No goalkeeper in the world should dribble in that situation.”

The pre-match indications showed that this would be Liverpool’s biggest test this season and the match proved so. In recognition to the opponents’ threat, Klopp made his first change of the season, replacing Keita with Henderson and said his decision was simply because of the freshness of the players in his previous few training sessions. This denied Liverpool the thrust and vigor that the Liverpool midfield had since the arrival of Keita in the summer. Liverpool opened the scoring within 10 minutes as Sadio Mane netted his fourth goal in 4 games through yet another Andy Robertson cross. Leicester looked helpless in the next 15 minutes but soon got a grip over the game. Alisson had to make a good save to deny Gray early on and the Liverpool midfield looked troubled. A goal just before halftime was what Liverpool needed and Roberto Firmino delivered from a free header off a James Milner corner. 2- 0 to Liverpool at the break. 

It was a horrid second-half display from the Reds as Leicester took the fight to them. Joe Gomez made a stunning block against Maddison who skipped past Van Dijk and threatened a shot at goal from inside the box. The pressure that Leicester created led to a bad pass from Van Dijk and ultimately an error from Alisson. Liverpool held on to their lead but certainly learned a lot from this game. Liverpool depended on their new-found solidarity at the back but also realized that they need strong second half displays from all positions on the pitch to win games. They head into the international break with 4 victories and will face Tottenham on the 15th of September. 

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