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Alisson’s blunder will prove to be a blessing in disguise for Liverpool

Alisson was caught with the ball against Leicester but it could turn out to be a positive for Liverpool in the long run

Alisson was 27 minutes away from joining Pepe Reina in Liverpool’s history books.

Reina arrived from Villarreal in 2005 and became the first Liverpool goalkeeper in Premier League history to keep four consecutive clean sheets.

Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Spurs and Man United all failed to find a way past the Spaniard, brought in by Rafa Benitez to improve upon Jerzy Dudek and Scott Carson.

The super glue prank always goes down a treat with new signings

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The super glue prank always goes down a treat with new signings

It took an own goal from Stephen Warnock in the 72nd of his fifth league game to soil Reina’s sheets for the first time.

Three minutes later, what had been a walk in the park quickly became awkward as Reina spilt a shot allowing Walter Pandiani to score.

Reina had just found out how precarious the life of a Premier League goalkeeper was. You’re always one mistake away from ridicule, especially in this day and age of internet memes and keyboard warriors.

Back to Alisson. With Reina’s record in sight he received a pass from Virgil van Dijk before throwing a Sunday League Cruyff turn allowing Rachid Ghezzal to score.

It wasn’t Alisson’s first heart in mouth moment. A chip over Anthony Knockaert’s head the previous game earned Alisson rave reviews but he was inches from being robbed by Glenn Murray later in the match.

Unlike Reina’s gaffe against Birmingham, Alisson’s mistake didn’t cost Liverpool points.

Which is why it might prove to be a blessing in disguise for Liverpool.

Another victim of the super glue trick

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Another victim of the super glue trick

Alisson’s transition into the Premier League had, up to that point, been so smooth that it was beginning to look too easy.

The 25-year-old was beginning to live up to the rapidly rising hype, looking to play wherever possible but also taking an extra touch here and there, as if to prove his comfort amidst the Helter Skelter envirmonemt of English football.

The game against Leicester served as a welcome reminder that he’s got to keep concentration levels high at all times, especially when everything is going well.

Now the task will be to continue playing in the fashion demanded by Jurgen Klopp amidst the derision that will undoubtedly come from opposition supporters.

Alisson may even find his own fans demanding him to boot the ball up the pitch when the opposition strikers close in, using that ping which is reminiscent of Paul Scholes in his prime at times.

Reina faced the same calls, despite an impressive start to his Liverpool career.

We all now how that game ended

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We all now how that game ended

Klopp will have a quiet word in Alisson’s ear, but no more than that.

Liverpool are top of the Premier League. Alisson has conceded one goal in four games. The only mistake he’s made so far didn’t cost Liverpool points.

Life is good on Merseyside. Now the Brazilian has got to make sure Leicester was an isolated incident.

Just don’t be surprised when the next striker to press Alisson in hope of another mistake finds themselves on the receiving end of a nutmeg or rearranged ankles.

Which way is south?

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Which way is south?

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