Liverpool maintained their 100% win record in the Premier League on Saturday with a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to Leicester City.
They currently sit top of the Premier League on maximum points, yet the biggest talking point to come from the King Power Stadium was Alisson’s costly mistake.
In the 63rd minute, with Liverpool 2-0 up, the Brazil international tried a risky skill in a dangerous area and ended up losing the ball to Kelechi Iheanacho, who set up Rachid Ghezzal.
Liverpool managed to hold on but Alisson’s mistake was akin to something you’d expect from Loris Karius or Simon Mignolet.
Speaking in his post-match interview, Alisson even tried to suggest Virgil van Dijk was to blame for his dodgy back pass.
“I am angry that I made a mistake,” said the 25-year-old. “When one person makes a mistake, it affects everyone and everyone fought back together.
“I didn’t get a very good pass [and] we talked about that in the dressing room and I spoke to Virgil. It wasn’t a good pass, but I could have just kicked it long.
ALISSON AND VAN DIJK MIX UP
“I wanted to keep playing and keep the possession [and] now everyone is going to analyse that. I’m not going to be stupid and make the same mistake. We have to learn from our mistakes.”
Roberto Firmino also appeared to blame Van Dijk: “The pass was not all that. Alisson tried to fix it, but unfortunately it went wrong. He has made an excellent start.”
Alisson and Van Dijk both could have done better in the build-up to Leicester’s goal and now Joe Gomez has been dragged into the debate.
Former-goalkeeper-turned-journalist David Preece has accused Gomez of not giving Alisson an option out wide.
50% of keepers playing out at the back depends on the options the outfield players give them. Here, Joe Gomez does nothing to offer himself to Alisson. Given the philosophy and style of play, he should go here to receive the ball. He has the time ti do it #MOTD pic.twitter.com/98kAXzmtOn
— David Preece (@davidpreece12) September 1, 2018
But it’s been noticed by Liverpool fans that Gomez DID give Alisson an option by pointing to where he wanted the ball – he just didn’t listen to him. Check it out below at 0:37.
— Football DNA (@footballdna_) September 2, 2018
Bit harsh on Gomez isn’t it? Pointing where he wants to receive it and Alisson looks like he’s already decided he wants to try and switch it.
— Oliver Young-Myles (@OMyles90) September 1, 2018
Is Gomez not pointing to the exact spot in which you've drawn the "x"? https://t.co/gB0Mf97rzD
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) September 3, 2018
Gomez is literally pointing to the X spot smh
— Joe (@whxfcjoe) September 3, 2018
It’s clear that Alisson was the one to blame for Leicester’s goal, because if he had listened to Gomez and played the ball out wide, it never would have happened.