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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told Alisson that “you cannot decide” when you make mistakes following the goalkeeper’s errors against Manchester City.
Alisson was at fault for two of City’s goals as Pep Guardiola’s side beat the reigning Premier League champions 4-1 at Anfield.
It moves City five points clear at the top of the table with Liverpool ten points behind them in fifth.
The Reds have now lost three home games on the spin, though Alisson’s mistakes proved crucial against City.
The keeper gave the ball away on both occasions as he looked to play out from the back, and Klopp suggested he could have cleared his lines.
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.
“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.
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“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.”
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