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Alisson won’t be ‘stupid’ enough to take risks again but Jürgen Klopp keeps faith in him after Liverpool holwer

Alisson won’t be ‘stupid’ enough to take risks again but Jürgen Klopp keeps faith in him after Liverpool holwer
02 Sep

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has vowed he will not be “stupid” enough to make the same mistake again after his clanger cost his side a goal against Leicester City.

The Brazilian was caught out trying to do a ‘Cryuff turn’ after controlling Virgil van Dijk’s back-pass and lost the ball to Foxes substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, who crossed for Rachid Ghezzal to make it 2-1 to the Reds.

Thankfully for Liverpool, first-half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino had given them a two-goal cushion and the Premier League leaders were able to retain their 100 per cent start, which is their best since 1990/91.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp actually admitted he was relieved Alisson’s mistake happened now as he is convinced it won’t occur again.

Alisson believes he has learned his lesson, saying: “I will not be arrogant to say ‘I’ll keep doing [dribbles]’. It was a mistake.

“Of course I will not be stupid to make the same mistake. We have to learn from the mistakes, but it’s part of my game. If necessary, the dribble will be my last resort.”

The former Roma shotstopper revealed words had been exchanged about the back pass from Van Dijk.

“I talked to Virg [Van Dijk] – it was not such a good pass, but I was also totally able to kick the ball away,” he added.

Alisson was left red-faced by his moment to forget during Liverpool’s victory over Leicester (Getty)

Klopp is convinced the blunder won’t affect Alisson in the future. “We don’t have to make much [of it]. I’m pretty sure he isn’t the type to be influenced,” said the Anfield chief.

“You need a lot of things to do the things he’s doing and one of those is confidence. You can’t take back mistakes but the reaction is always important. I was completely fine by that.

“He’s zero per cent arrogant but he’s confident and he can do it.”

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel believes Alisson’s error is symptomatic of Liverpool’s adventurous style of play.

“The style Liverpool play, without knowing it exactly, I think they encourage the ‘keeper to take chances to keep possession, like Ederson does for Manchester City,” said Schmeichel, who made his 300th appearance for the Foxes at the weekend.

“They encourage them and when you do that, you have to accept mistakes are sometimes made – just as with outfield players.

“The only difference with goalkeepers is when a mistake is made, nine-and-a-half times out of 10 it gets punished.”

Alisson was dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho who set up Rachid Ghezzal to score for Leicester (Getty)

Schmeichel also wants team-mate Harry Maguire to follow him and sign a new contract after the England defender was linked with a £60m move to Manchester United in the summer following his excellent performances in the World Cup.

“I hope Harry signs but I don’t want to put pressure on anyone. It is up to him, his family and his situation,” said Schmeichel.

“If he feels it is something he wants to do then we would be delighted, but it is up to him.”

Schmeichel wants Harry Maguire to sign a new contract (Getty)

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez missed out on the World Cup through injury, but his display at King Power Stadium suggested he is worthy of his return to the squad for the Uefa Nations League opener against Spain at Wembley this Saturday, and the friendly against Switzerland in Leicester three days later.

Klopp believes the 21-year-old is as good as anyone playing for the Three Lions.

“How he plays at the moment there’s no doubt he should be in that group,” said the German.

“He has all that you need as a defender. He is a young boy and has already had a lot of games. It’s all good.”

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