It just had to happen. Out of all the players to make an error for Liverpool this season, it had to be the goalkeeper making a big error in the fourth game of the campaign.
Liverpool were given ample warning in the previous game against Brighton & Hove Albion as Alisson was caught out a couple of times and even produced a moment of audacity as he flicked a pass over the onrushing Anthony Knockaert.
There were concerns that the Brazilian would be caught out in the Premier League soon and that happened in the next game.
Against Leicester City, with the team leading 2-0 and looking comfortable, the Brazilian collected a back-pass from Virgil van Dijk and tried to complete a Cruyff turn in his penalty box but was dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho and Rachid Ghezzal scored for the Foxes.
Liverpool looked a little out of sorts after conceding the goal and Alisson later claimed (h/t Sky Sports) that he would learn from his mistake.
The Reds have had their issues with Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet at the back but Alisson still looks more accomplished. The 25-year-old made a few routine saves and barring that moment of madness, he was solid between the sticks.
The best time to make the mistake
Although the Brazilian should have just lumped that back-pass onto the other end of the pitch, this mistake came at the perfect time for the team.
Liverpool head into the international break with a 100% win record and even with the mistake, we came out with all three points at one of the toughest grounds in the Premier League, the King Power Stadium.
Alisson will travel with the Brazil national side for the international break but it should give him time to think about the mistake and try to cut it out from his future games.
Playing for the national team could take him out of the torrent of abuse he might have received in the next Premier League game.
Winning at Leicester is no mean feat and even though we slacked off in the second half, the win should provide with us a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.
Liverpool have a grittiness to their playing style this season and that has been on display against the likes of Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Alisson has done his bit by making some important saves and he has already won us a couple of points this season. One magnificent save against Pascal Gross ensured we got all three points against Brighton, and the keeper did a decent job against Palace and Leicester too.
The Brazilian must learn, however, and there is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp would have provided an earful to the defence and the keeper too.
Two weeks is a decent time span to forget about this mistake and start afresh as we take on Tottenham Hotspur. Alisson just has to keep things simple and not look to become the next Neymar in the goal.
The keeper is a talent and he should let his gloves do the talking. The feet are part of the game but the saves from a keeper are more important than anything else.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
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.”
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.
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.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
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.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
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.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
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.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
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.
Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham
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.
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.
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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