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Mane admits “strange” Alisson situation at Liverpool has left him “surprised”

Sadio Mane says he’s “surprised” critics are questioning Alisson’s credentials following a spree of mistakes from the keeper, labelling the situation “strange”.

Alisson has been far from his assured self this season, and dropped two clangers in a recent defeat by Manchester City before making a costly error in the loss to Leicester City.

Jurgen Klopp has stuck with the Brazilian number one, who has bounced back in recent weeks, but Liverpool are now sixth in the Premier League table and the damage has been done.

Mane was asked for his thoughts on the Liverpool keeper and revealed he’s stunned people are questioning whether he’s still the right man for the Reds.

“To be honest, sometimes I am surprised when people talk about Alisson’s mistakes. But at the same time, I know it’s part of the sport,” said Mane.

Alisson has been far from his assured self this season

“When the best goalkeeper in the world makes one or two mistakes, I think, for sure, that is strange. But it’s not just him, it’s the whole team.

“But how many times has Alisson saved us? Without him, we would probably never be Champions League champions or have any trophy.”

Liverpool have been off colour all season, but Alisson was unusually shaky in the must-win clash with Man City last month, in which two poor clearances led to goals.

After the match, Klopp said of Alisson: “I spoke to him now a few seconds ago. He is obviously very disappointed and his words were, ‘not today, not today’ and I said, ‘yeah, that’s the problem with mistakes, you cannot decide when you make them’. The only thing you can do is learn off it,” said Klopp.

Sadio Mane has stuck up for the Liverpool and Brazil number one
Sadio Mane has stuck up for the Liverpool and Brazil number one

“That is what he will do and it will never happen to him again, I am pretty sure.

“But tonight it was decisive, I would say. That’s okay, he saved our lives I don’t know how often, he is an absolutely world-class goalie and tonight some things went a little bit wrong and we have to take that and we do.

“I said to him already, ‘we have stands, you can shoot the ball there’. It is like it is. Different things came together, we didn’t offer exactly in the right things because in the first half Ali played exceptional football.

Alisson dropped two clangers against Man City
Alisson dropped two clangers against Man City

“He was really calm on the ball, passing the ball through in small spaces, exactly what we wanted him to do. Then in the second half, in the beginning he didn’t do that.

“He didn’t see the offers because we didn’t make them exactly in the right way and the problem is [then] he doesn’t shoot the ball somewhere far away from the dangerous spots.

“He knows that. It is now not about that and I can’t help him now through the night, but we all have nights like this and tomorrow he will be OK again and then we will go again.”




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