Klopp defends Alisson after Manchester City nightmare for goalkeeper

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Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp says that Alisson Becker will learn from his off-day against Manchester City and labels him a “world-class” goalkeeper.

Alisson made two uncharacteristic errors to help Manchester City on their way to a 4-1 win at Anfield on Sunday.

Speaking after the game, Klopp discussed the mistakes and was quick to remind everyone just how vital the Brazil international has been to Liverpool’s successes in recent years.

In his post-match press conference, when asked about Alisson’s errors, Klopp said:

“I spoke to him now a few seconds ago. He is obviously very disappointed and his words were, ‘Not today, not today…’ and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s the problem with mistakes, you cannot decide when you make them.’ The only thing you can do is learn off it. That is what he will do and it will never happen to him again, I am pretty sure. But tonight it was decisive, I would say. That’s OK, he saved our lives I don’t know how often, he is an absolutely world-class goalie and tonight some things went a little bit wrong and we have to take that and we do.”

Klopp was then quizzed on what advice he would give to Alisson following the disappointment of the City defeat:

“I said to him already, ‘We have stands, you can shoot the ball there.’ It is like it is. Different things came together, we didn’t offer exactly the right things because in the first half Ali played exceptional football. He was really calm on the ball, passing the ball through in small spaces, exactly what we wanted him to do. Then in the second half, in the beginning, he didn’t do that. He didn’t see the offers because we didn’t make them exactly in the right way and the problem is [then] he doesn’t shoot the ball somewhere far away from the dangerous spots. He knows that. It is now not about that and I can’t help him now through the night, but we all have nights like this and tomorrow he will be OK again and then we will go again.”

Next up for Liverpool is a trip to third-placed Leicester City. Then, The Reds face RB Leipzig in the last-sixteen of the Champions League with the first leg (away) being played in Budapest, Hungary, instead of Germany.

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