Jurgen Klopp reacts to Alisson Becker’s performance in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win
The Liverpool FC manager reacts to Alisson Becker's performance at Crystal Palace on Monday night
Jurgen Klopp was impressed by Alisson Becker’s performance in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Selhurst Park was in full voice last night as Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side played host to a Liverpool FC team full of confidence after a comprehensive 4-0 win against West Ham last weekend.
Hodgson’s men made life a lot more difficult for their opponents on Monday night, however, as they kept Klopp’s attacking triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane quiet for large periods of the game.
The deadlock was only broken after a contentious penalty was given for Liverpool FC on the stroke of half-time, following an innocuous challenge on Salah from Mamadou Sakho. Milner dispatched the penalty and it remained 1-0 until the 90th minute when Sadio Mane finished off a quick break to double the scoring.
Alisson started his second competitive game for his new team after moving to Anfield from AS Roma this summer and Klopp was impressed by his level of performance.
The German boss told Liverpool’s website: “The free-kick save was outstanding… it was quite impressive and I think the header from Benteke as well [was a good save].
“Apart from that, around each set-piece, Crystal Palace blocks the goalkeeper and Van Dijk and both were most decisive in these situations so both worked somehow through that forest of a lot of people and had then the ball, so that was all good.”
Klopp then went on to state that he was glad to win such a difficult game away from home, given the fact that last year they might have dropped points in such an evenly matched affair.
He added: “But it was not a brilliant football game from us and we don’t have to make it bigger than it is. We won it because we scored in two very decisive moments. That’s good.
“It’s for us a big step because if you watch us a little bit more often you know that when we are not brilliant we usually lose! And today we were not brilliant but we still won. That is nice. Not completely new, but at least not often an experienced situation for me.”
Next up for Liverpool FC is Chris Hughton’s Brighton at Anfield on Saturday, which is a game the home side will be expected to win given their impressive current form.