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“Players who had time”- Alisson Becker tells Liverpool they can’t use excuses anymore



Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker talks about not using excuses anymore

Liverpool were lucky to get all three points against a defensively rigid Leicester City side at Anfield. Two own goals from Wout Faes meant that Liverpool walked back, winning the game 2-1.

It was a pretty below-average performance from the Reds and were indebted to the visitors to hand them the win on the plate. Moreover, except for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Darwin Nunez, no other players stood on the levels they usually upheld.

It certainly is extremely important to learn from the mistakes in this game and head into the rest of the season with confidence and it becomes important for Jurgen Klopp’s men to carry on the momentum generated from their four consecutive wins in the league.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson joined the 200 appearances club in the 3-0 win over Ajax.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson. (Picture Credit- Getty Images)

Liverpool goalie Alisson talked about the fact that this lacklustre performance against Brendan Rodgers’ squad cannot be backed up by excuses and the Reds certainly need to play better than they did.

Given the quality of our team and our management, there is no point saying that the players were tired, the schedule was hectic, or that there were injuries. We simply cannot be so lackluster, especially at home. Here is what he said via Liverpool Echo:

“We cannot rely on excuses. It was only the second (Premier League) game we have played after the World Cup.”

“The players who had time (off), used that to prepare themselves. The ones who went to the World Cup, they could train and then rest to prepare for this moment.”

Liverpool need to bounce back soon

Ali spoke about how both sets of players, the ones who played in the World Cup and did not, had enough time on their hands to put together a better performance than what they did. Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp gave the players involved in the World Cup a well-deserved break before they were in the mix for the Reds again.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson needs to put in a better performance than he did against Leicester City.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson needs to put in a better performance than he did against Leicester City. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Moreover, the players uninvolved in the tournament could train throughout to prepare themselves for the rest of the season. However, the Reds were very good in their first game post the break against Aston Villa, and hopefully, we get back to the levels we showed at Villa Park just last week sooner than later.

The Reds will hope to be back on track on 2nd January against a solid Brentford side who haven’t lost any of their last five league games and are consistently punching above their weight in the last few weeks. Even on our last visit there, we saw ourselves held back to a 3-3 draw.

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