- Liverpool thrashed by Manchester City 1-4
- Klopp reveals what he told Alisson post Man City nightmare
- The Brazilian’s errors cost Reds’ tittle hopes
The errors of the Brazilian footballer, Alisson Becker was costly as the Reds’ title hopes were all-but-extinguished with a 4-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday when they were thrashed by Manchester City.
Liverpool’s boss, Jurgen Klopp admitted that the errors from Alisson Becker had cost his team in their crunch clash with Manchester City, however, backed his goalkeeper to come back stronger from a chastening afternoon at Anfield.
On Sunday, Alisson was at fault not once, but twice as City recorded a 4-1 win against Liverpool making sure Liverpool will not be able to retain their Premier League crown.
What was a tight game, poor clearance from the Brazilian allowed Phil Foden to set up Ilkay Gundogan to give the visitors a 2-1 lead, 17 minutes from time.
Just 3 minutes later he was culpable again, as he gifted the ball to Bernardo Silva, who fed Raheem Sterling for the third goal for Manchester City in the game.
Foden made the score and even 4 as his powerful angled shot catching Alisson by surprise, to condemn Liverpool to their biggest home defeat in a league match since October 2005.
At the post-match press conference, Liverpool boss said that he saw handful of good things from the Reds, however, could only agree that the decisive moments came from his goalkeeper’s mistakes.
Talking to the reporters, he said, “We made two massive mistakes and (it was) pretty much game over,” and added, “In a game when you have such a good moment, these two goals killed off the game. Everybody knows that.”
Talking about Alisson, Klopp said, “I spoke to him a few seconds ago. He’s obviously very disappointed. He was like ‘not today, not today’. I said to him ‘that’s the problem with mistakes, you cannot decide when you make them, the only thing you can do is learn from them’.
“That’s what he will do and he will make sure it never happens to him again. Tonight it was decisive, but that’s OK. He saved our lives I don’t know how often, and he’s absolutely a world-class goalie.
“Tonight some things went a little bit wrong and we have to take that.”
Asked specifically what he had said to Alisson, Klopp replied: “I said to him ‘we have stands, you can shoot the ball there!’
“Look, it’s a mistake, but different things came together. We didn’t offer exactly the right things. In the first half, Ali played exceptional football and was really calm on the ball, passed it in small spaces, exactly what we wanted him to do,” he said.
Klopp added, “Then in the beginning of the second half he didn’t do that. He didn’t see the offers because we didn’t make them in the right way, and then the problem is that he doesn’t shoot the ball somewhere far away from the danger spots.
“He knows that. I can’t help him through the night. We all have nights like this, and tomorrow he will be Okay again.”
On the game as a whole, Klopp said it was somewhat upbeat, adding that despite the fact his side sits 10 points behind Manchester City now on the Premier League points table who also have a game in hand for good measure.
Klopp said, “It’s not the last game of the season,” and added that “There are a lot of games to come. And if we would have played more often as we played tonight, we would not be 10 or 13 points behind City.
He said, “It’s not dreamland or whatever, we have to accept reality and we do. We will fight for results.
“We did that tonight and didn’t get it, because of our own faults. That’s clear. But the good stuff we should keep.”
Klopp added, “They have a day off Tuesday. Tomorrow we have training and recovery. I prefer that we speak tomorrow again about it in the right manner. So we have a day off with the right mindset.
“There are worse things in the world than losing a football game. It’s very important for us, no doubt about that, but I want them to understand and to know that the football we played tonight, in long periods of the game, if we would have played this football more often then we would have more points.
“We will speak tomorrow about that then everyone can recover.”