Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defends summer signing

Written by Stephen Wennberg

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that he expected to see an error from summer signing Alisson at the club at some point.

The German tactician has claimed that he expected the summer signing to make a horrendous mistake for the Reds sooner or later.

With Liverpool comfortably leading 2-0 in Saturday match, Alisson Becker received a back pass from Virgil Van Dijk and tried to beat Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho who didn’t fall for the goalkeeper’s tricks and robbed the ball.

The Nigerian squared the ball to teammate Rachid Ghezzal who slotted the ball into the net, and Jurgen Klopp claimed he was not all that shocked by the costly mistake.

Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson, a £56.25m summer signing from Serie A giants AS Roma, was signed as a playmaking goalie who acts as a quarterback which the South American did pretty well for his former side last term.

He therefore has the liberty to keep the ball, and with English Premier League sides tending to press further up the field than their Italian Serie A counterparts, the South American faces a novel issue.

Premier League clubs will now smell blood and will try a similar press on the Reds in upcoming weeks to provoke a similar error.

It will be up to the goalkeeper’s discretion to decide in which situations it would be best to clear the ball off his lines rather than create every time he gets the ball.

Leicester City could not capitalize on the lifeline given to them but the Reds can consider themselves lucky that the former Roma goalie’s mistake was inconsequential on the day.

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