Alisson is consistently helping Liverpool to sink deeper out of the possibility of retaining the Premier League title the club won last year. The 28-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper has saved Liverpool numerously as Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp said a few days ago, but Alisson has been doing the contrary lately.
Recall that on February 7, Alisson made two avoidable mistakes when Liverpool faced Manchester City in the Premier League. His two mistakes contributed greatly to the 4-1 embarrassing defeat Liverpool suffered in the hands of City at Anfield Stadium.
After the match, Jurgen Klopp tried to defend Alisson during the post-match press conference but wondering whether the goalkeeper is growing cold feet or not.
However, on Saturday, February 13, when Liverpool visited the Kings Power Stadium, Jurgen Klopp trusted on the Brazilian goalkeeper by allowing him to start as usual. Unfortunately for Alisson and Liverpool, he decided to leave the penalty box in an attempt to clear a long pass. In so doing, he missed the ball and stopped the club’s new signing Ozan Kabak from clearing it.
After Alisson made the mistake, Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy was on hand to pick up the ball and tapped it in for the club’s second goal in the 81st minute.
Before the mistake from the goalkeeper, Liverpool have taken the lead, thanks to a 67th-minute goal from Mohamed Salah. Leicester equalized through a free-kick James Maddison took in the 78th minute.
And then, the mistake from Alisson gave Leicester the lead. Four minutes later, Harvey Barnes of Leicester City made it worst for Liverpool as he scored the 3rd goal of the match to make it 3-1.
Completing a 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 seven-minute comeback 🤪 pic.twitter.com/gaF4Sj0qBm— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 13, 2021
The 3-1 defeat in the hands of Leicester City, is the third time in a row that Liverpool have been defeated. Klopp and his boys started the poor run on February 3 against Brighton, followed by Manchester City, and then Leicester.
After the game against Leicester, the coach of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, tried to defend Alisson again. This time around, the German tactician said the club’s new signing, Ozan Kabak, did not understand that the club’s goalkeeper is offensive in his approach.
Klopp went further to stress that the 3-1 defeat in the hands of Leicester City has ended the club’s hope of defending the Premier League title they won in the 2019-2020 season.
“I can’t believe, but yes”, Klopp told Sky Sports when asked whether he has given up on the title race.
“I don’t think we can close the gap this year, to be honest. We have to win football games, and a large part of our game today was very good.
“What we need to try to avoid are mistakes and misunderstandings. In two situations today we didn’t do that and that’s how they were allowed to score two goals. Results are massively related to the performance – we were good enough today to win the game apart from a couple of mistakes towards the end.
“Before the game, we all knew that Ozan [Kabak] is a really good player and we know that afterward as well but he’s not used to all the things we do. Ali [Alisson] is offensive and likes to come out of his goal.
“When you are new together this usually happens but it happens in pre-season. Unfortunately, we’ve not had that. We’re not worrying about the title, we’re not silly.
“We have a tough game on Tuesday and then the derby next week. That’s what we’re thinking about.”
After the 3-1 defeat in the hands of Leicester, Liverpool are left on the 4th spot on the league table, 13 points away from first Placed Manchester City, and one point above 5th place Chelsea.
This means that if Chelsea win their Premier League game against Newcastle United on Monday, Liverpool will drop to the 5th spot while Chelsea will move to the 4th spot, two points above Liverpool.