Jurgen Klopp remarkably claims Alisson blunders could have been down to Liverpool goalkeeper having ‘COLD FEET’… as Reds boss is prickly with Geoff Shreeves AGAIN after telling Sky Sports interviewer: ‘I see in your eyes you see it differently’
- He twice passed the ball to an opposing player in three second-half minutes
- Howlers allowed Gundogan to put City ahead and then Sterling to make it 3-1
- Klopp was pricky with Shreeves for the second time after the 4-1 defeat
- Manchester City hit FOUR at Anfield to all but end Liverpool’s title hopes
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp leapt to the defence of goalkeeper Alisson after his ‘massive mistakes’ gifting victory to Manchester City at Anfield.
In the space of three second-half minutes he twice passed the ball straight to an opposing player, allowing first Gundogan to grab his second goal, after Mohamed Salah had levelled from the penalty spot, and then Raheem Sterling to make it 3-1.
The excellent Phil Foden capped a superb day for City with his side’s fourth to leave Liverpool crestfallen.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp consoles goalkeeper Alisson after Sunday’s defeat
Afterwards Klopp said: We made two massive mistakes, everyone saw them. 3-1 down in a game that we were even for a long time and you’re really down, it’s tough to take and then there’s a genius situation where they scored the fourth goal.
‘Performance was really good and with performances like this we would not be 13 points behind City. The goals, we made massive mistakes. It’s a problem against City, it’s a killer. That’s why we lost the game.
‘We can’t hide them (the Alisson mistakes), we don’t have to talk around it. It’s true as well. We didn’t give a lot of options, especially in the first goal. In the second goal he just mishit the ball. There’s no real reason, maybe he had cold feet. It sounds funny but could be. But it’s still an opportunity to stick it in the stands. Ali has saved our life plenty of times, today he made two mistakes. That’s how it is.’
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker was at fault for Gundogan and Sterling’s second and third goals
Manchester City opened up a commanding five-point lead at the top of the Premier League as Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in a 4-1 victory at Liverpool for whom keeper Alisson endured a Sunday afternoon to forget.
An emphatic win, City’s 10th in a row in the league and first at Anfield since 2003, moved Pep Guardiola’s side to 50 points from 22 games, five more than second-placed Manchester United who have played a game more.
Klopp was pricky with Geoff Shreeves for the second time after being embroiled in yet another awkward interview with the Sky Sports reporter ahead of the Premier League showdown.
He said: ‘In the end when you lose 4-1, it’s not our day but big parts of the game were brilliant from our side. Really good football, I see in your eyes (Geoff Shreeves) you see it differently. I really liked it, we were playing really good football against City which meanas you are in the game. The possession was not like what it was usually with City.
‘At the start of the second half, City changed the situation to 4-4-2 and its’ a little adaptation. In the second half we didn’t give enough options to play and gave the first goal away. We just gave them too many opportunities. We scored the equaliser, it looked like the game could now go in our direction and we were really good again.
Champions Liverpool are now 10 points behind City in fourth spot and if any more evidence were needed that they have gone off the rails it was the sight of Alisson, a rock for the past two seasons, effectively gifting City the points.
‘That’s (top four) our main target. We will try everything. There’s enough games to secure them and we need to win games. Today we didn’t.’
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