‘That was not OK’; Klopp gives verdict on Alisson, Kabak after ‘tough to take’ defeat
Jurgen Klopp bemoaned his side’s shocking reaction to the controversial equalising goal as Leicester heaped more woe on the Liverpool boss in his 300th match for the club.
Liverpool’s losing run in the Premier League is now at three after they surrendered a 1-0 lead at the King Power Stadium to lose 3-1.
Alisson suffered another nightmare as Liverpool’s title defence was left hanging by a thread after a late collapse.
The goalkeeper gifted Jamie Vardy a game-changing goal as the Foxes scored three times inside a dramatic final 14 minutes.
Alisson, fresh from two huge gaffes against Manchester City, aided Liverpool’s late capitulation when he came and missed Youri Tielemans’ long pass and Vardy ran the ball in.
James Maddison had already levelled before Harvey Barnes struck to compound the visitors’ misery.
“We conceded a goal, a really tough one to take, it was a turning point in the game on VAR. I have seen it and when they stop the situation it looks a clear offside – that’s it.
“The second goal is a misunderstanding, we said they need to get used to each other and they were fine for 75 minutes, it was a really good game. On the pitch we were the clear dominant side. We had chances and then we concede two goals.
“We were much too open at that moment and that is not OK. Alisson had a super game and then at that moment he came out, I didn’t hear him shouting.
“The turning point was the first goal, We changed too much with one goal, that’s the criticism for us. We didn’t react well.”
Maddison told BT Sport: “We know when we play Liverpool, it’s going to be tough because they can do both parts of the game very well. It’s a case of staying in the game. We’re a top team and we know we will get chances.
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“We were solid throughout. The more they start going for it the more space opens up for [Harvey] Barnes on the counter-attack so we utilised that brilliantly I think.
“I don’t know what was going through my head and I think Anthony Taylor was lost too. He was getting told this and that – it’s a penalty, a free-kick. Daniel [Amartey] claimed the touch and got a flick-on it but it turned out to be onside. That was a big moment for us to kick on in the game.
Maddison: We weren’t at our best
“Jamie Vardy sniffs out little opportunities. It was a mix-up between the goalkeeper and the centre-half. It’s just one of those things. You can’t look into it too much. Alisson is having a tough time at the moment but he is a top keeper and I’m sure he will be back. I’m just happy we could pounce on that mistake.
“It’s another three points away at Liverpool. We take it game by game. We have so much quality in the squad. We have a lot of injuries by the way.
“It doesn’t really get talked about because we’re not the ‘big six’ but we are utilising the squad brilliantly. We are right up there and we’re not up there by fluke. We will keep working and grinding out results against big teams like Liverpool. It’s about taking the big moments.
“We weren’t at our best to be honest but I’ll take those big moments.”
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