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Liverpool defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 to make it nine points out of nine there was a nervy moment in the match as Alisson flicked the ball over Anthony Knockaert.

The moment came in the second half as the Brighton forward raced towards a pass to the Brazilian.

Normally, any other keeper would have whacked the ball out of play and blasted his defence for leaving him short-changed but Alisson drew the breath of the Anfield faithful with a deft flick over Knockaert’s head and calmly passed it to Virgil van Dijk.

There were a few “oohs” and “aahs” coming from the stands but it did leave me with a momentary heart-attack.

Jurgen Klopp had his say about the flick and defended his keeper while Alisson also stated that he doesn’t mind dribbling with the ball as long as he can help the team play out from the back.

The Brazilian was quoted by the Mirror as saying:

“I try my best to help the team in the build-up.

“If sometimes there is a situation where there is dribbling, I do it carefully.

“It could be too risky, but it’s part of the game, we are a team that plays from the back with the ball on the ground.

“That’s part of the team’s characteristics. Mistakes may happen, but we work hard during the week to everything correctly during the matches.”

Just keep it simple at the start

And there lies the issue. Alisson himself believes that mistakes will happen and the last thing we need is a goalkeeper trying to be too clever with the ball and getting caught out.

We all remember how difficult it was for Loris Karius to regain his confidence after a number of high-profile errors. The first one I can remember is against Bournemouth a couple of years ago, where we let go of a 2-0 lead and lost the game 4-3, thanks to a last-minute Nathan Ake goal.

Karius was unable to get his rhythm back and made a glaring error in the Champions League final too as he threw the ball straight to Karim Benzema for the opening goal.

The keeper was trying to pass the ball out to our defender and start building from the back, similar to what Alisson’s job is at Liverpool currently.

Of course, the Brazilian has a better range of distribution compared to Karius and Simon Mignolet, and we should exploit this to our advantage.

However, the one aspect of his play that needs to be cut out is taking unnecessary risks. The Premier League is a lot less forgiving than the Serie A and teams would have paid attention to Alisson’s playing style after the first three games of the season.

The 25-year-old is great with his hands and is a commanding presence in the box. We missed these attributes with the likes of Karius and Mignolet between the sticks and so, he seems to be an upgrade on the pair already.

That said, he need not completely cut out his dribbling and passing. However, he must work towards reducing the unnecessary tricks and flicks for a few months at least.

The Brazilian has flair, that’s proven with the three games we have seen. But more often than not, blasting a loose ball away and organizing the defence is a better call than trying to play it out from the back.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp hints at squad rotation and laments that Liverpool ‘lost the plot’

We have a pretty good side at the moment and do not need another debate on our goalkeepers this season.

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Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City

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Gary Neville has claimed that only Liverpool can stop Manchester City after the Cityzens dispatched Manchester United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.

Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:

“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.

“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.

The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.

“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”

Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.

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“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.

It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.

Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.

The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.

Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.

James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.

Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.

It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.

Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.

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Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.

The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.

Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.

The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.

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Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.

The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.

Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.

Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp speaks out about Fulham’s disallowed goal and Liverpool’s quick thinking

Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.

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