Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson slammed ‘one of the worst’ as part of his game called out

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is “one of the worst” ball-playing goalkeepers, claims former Sunderland and England left-back Michael Gray. Alisson kept a clean sheet as Liverpool beat Newcastle 1-0 to move back to the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

The Brazilian has often been praised for his calmness on the ball. But Gray was working as a pundit on talkSPORT for the match and was not impressed with the goalkeeper’s performance.

He claimed the 29-year-old is not comfortable at all with the ball at his feet. Gray said: “Every single time the ball goes back to Alisson, not just in this game, your heart’s in your mouth.

“As a ball-playing goalkeeper, I think he’s one of the worst, I’ve got to admit. He’s a fantastic goalkeeper, there’s no question about that, but he just doesnt look comfortable with the ball at his feet.”

Alisson’s clean sheet was his 20th in the Premier League this season. He became the first goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues to reach that tally this term.

Alisson was rarely troubled, being forced into just two saves at St James’ Park. Liverpool moved above Manchester City temporarily at least before their trip to Leeds later in the day.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted it was a tough afternoon for his side. Klopp said: “It was incredibly difficult for the boys today to be honest, it’s clear we played two-and-a-half days ago, if you want.

“Coming here, [against] a team in form, six home wins on the bounce, great weather, everybody in a good mood [and] actually, pretty much everything is prepared for another home win. The only group who wanted to avoid that were my players.

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“It was an outstanding football game, to be honest. [In the] first 15 minutes we had to adapt slightly a little bit, that’s normal.

“We struggled a bit, tried to adapt to it, did better, when the ball was on the ground we had a really good game already, I really liked how we played, how we put them [and] kept them quiet. [I] can’t remember a lot of counter-attacks, there was the offside goal they scored and there might [have been] one second half, [but] the chance they had was offside as well.

“In the circumstances, [a] top-class performance. Really happy.”

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