The world‚Äôs most‚Äďexpensive goalkeeper was robbed on 62 minutes by Kelechi Iheanacho who crossed for Ghezzal to score and set up a tense last half an hour with Liverpool emerging as 2-1 winners. Their first-half goals, from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, were enough to win the game and take them back to the top of the Premier League for the time being, with their fourth win from four.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Alisson said that he would not be ‚Äústupid‚ÄĚ to make the same mistake twice but maintained that it was part of his job to distribute the ball with his feet. ‚ÄúI am angry that I made a mistake that put the team in a difficult situation. When one person makes a mistake, it affects everyone and everyone fought back together. We have to improve still but the result is what matters at the moment.
‚ÄúIt was bad judgement. I made a mistake reading the play. I didn‚Äôt get a very good pass. We talked about that in the dressing room and I spoke to Virgil [Van Dijk, who played the ball]. It wasn‚Äôt a good pass but I could have just kicked it long.
‚ÄúI wanted to keep playing and keep the possession. Now everyone is going to analyse that. I‚Äôm not going to be stupid and make the same mistake. It is part of my game [playing with the ball at his feet] but I am not going to be so arrogant to stand here and say ‚ÄėI‚Äôm going to keep doing it‚Äô. We have to learn from our mistakes.
‚ÄúIf it is necessary the dribble has to be the last resort. Unfortunately it caused the goal. I actually think it was a foul but I don‚Äôt want to blame it on that. In the Premier League it‚Äôs not the kind of contact that results in the game. It‚Äôs part of the game. I just have to make sure that doesn‚Äôt happen again.‚ÄĚ
Jurgen Klopp said it showed his players they cannot always rely on their goalkeeper‚Äôs ability on the ball to get out of trouble. ‚ÄúWe know now as a team that we have to adapt to each other, he said. ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt use him [Alisson] in the wrong moment. He is not the solution for us he is the option. We did it a few times too much, it‚Äôs not cool.‚ÄĚ
Klopp said: ‚ÄúThat [Alisson] was a mistake. No goalkeeper in the world should dribble in that situation that‚Äôs how it is. But he did it. That‚Äôs all okay. For me much more interesting is the reaction and that was good. We still used him in better situations. The crowd wanted to make him more nervous and he didn‚Äôt look nervous.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs all fine. Football is a game where a lot of mistakes happen. That was a big one because we conceded a goal and the reaction was brilliant. I am completely fine. It needs to happen [in order] that it will not happen again. Hopefully that makes sense, and that was today.‚ÄĚ