Liverpool recorded another win at the weekend as Klopp’s men beat Leicester City 2-1, although they were made to work for it.
In arguably the side’s toughest game of the season, Leicester provided plenty of threat on Liverpool’s backline.
Before the game, Liverpool’s defence had only conceded one goal in the league. With Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk at the back, Liverpool have looked incredibly solid but on Saturday, the Reds conceded their first of the season in a fashion which may reoccur later this season.
Liverpool’s £67 million goalkeeper was dispossessed on his own byline as he tried to attempt a Cruyff turn to evade Kelechi Iheanacho. The Brazilian was criticised by Klopp for making the mistake but the German also admitted that the Brazilian’s ball-playing ability is a key part to his game.
A typical modern shotstopper, much like his Brazilian national team compatriot, Ederson, Alisson’s ability technical ability is superb. Aside from his mistake on Saturday, his distribution is usually excellent, much like most other aspects of his game.
While Klopp is right to criticise the Brazilian for not clearing the ball up the line, his ability to play from deep is part of the reason Liverpool bought him from AS Roma. Having someone of Alisson’s ability to keep possession and start attacks will prove to be key for Liverpool as the season progresses, and it’s something they couldn’t do with Karius or Mignolet.
He may have made a mistake but Liverpool will reap the rewards of the Brazilians ability with the ball.
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