Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp lifts lid on what Alisson said after Man City howlers

Liverpool: Klopp assesses his side’s defeat to Man City

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was ‘very disappointed’ after a number of errors helped Manchester City secure a resounding 4-1 victory over the defending Premier League champions on Sunday. The Reds went into the crunch clash knowing that a win was needed in order to maintain their push for a second successive title, but ultimately failed to deliver, allowing City to go five points clear of second-placed Manchester United at the top of the pile.

Liverpool now find themselves ten points adrift of top spot in fourth place, just a point ahead of Chelsea in fifth, with their aim of back-to-back Premier League title wins in tatters.

Alisson has been a huge part of his side’s domestic and European triumphs over the last two campaigns, but was far from his brilliant best when faced with the challenge of Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday.

The Brazil international surrendered possession on two occasions inside three second-half minutes, with both instances resulting in the ball eventually finding the back of the net through Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling respectively.

Alisson cut a forlorn figure between the sticks for Liverpool after his comedy of errors, with Klopp revealing after the final whistle that the 28-year-old could not believe his spell of bad luck had arrived at such a crucial point in the season.

“These two goals were obviously the killer of the game, everybody knows that,” Klopp told reporters in his post-match press conference.

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“I spoke to him. He is obviously very disappointed and was saying ‘not today, not today’. I said to him that’s the problem with mistakes, you cannot decide when to make them.

“The only thing you can do is learn from it and that’s what he will do and it will never happen to him again, I’m pretty sure.

“Tonight it was massive, I would say. That’s okay, he has saved our lives I don’t know how often and is an absolute world-class goalie. Tonight some things went a little bit wrong and we have to take that.”

Despite Alisson’s performance against City, Klopp backed his man to come back stronger with a tough test against high-flyers Leicester City up next on Saturday.

Liverpool will be looking to go level on points with the Foxes in order to ward off the chase from Chelsea, who are yet to taste defeat under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

“It’s a little bit a summary of different things coming together, we didn’t offer exactly the right things,” added the Reds boss.

“In the first half Ali played exceptional football. He was really calm on the ball and passed the ball in small spaces exactly how we wanted him to do.

“In the second half, at the beginning he didn’t do that. We didn’t make [spaces] in exactly the same way, and the problem is he doesn’t shoot the ball somewhere far away from the dangerous spots and he knows that.

“I can’t help him now through the night but we all have nights like this. Tomorrow he will be okay again and we will go again.”

Alisson has featured in all but four of Liverpool’s Premier League outings this season.

He has played 112 times for the Merseyside club in all competitions since joining from Roma in 2018 for a fee in the region of £56million.

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