Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino criticised central defender Virgil Van Dijk for the part he played in the buildup to Alisson Becker’s horrendous error in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Leicester City.
The Merseysider’s went into the halftime break with a 2 nil lead thanks to goals from attacker Sadio Mane and Brazil international striker Firmino – who netted right on halftime to double Liverpool’s lead.
Despite a controlling display in the first 45min, Rachid Ghezzal put former Premier League champions Leicester City back into the match on the 63rd moment following Alisson Becker’s dumbfounded error.
In the lead-up to the Leicester goal, Van Dijk delivered a rather poor pass back to the summer signing, rather than clearing the ball, the former AS Roma goalie tried to dribble past Leicester City striler Kelechi Iheanacho.
The Nigeria international striker dispossessed the South American goalie and then crossed the ball into the box where Rachid Ghezzal was able to find the back of the net – preventing the Reds from keeping a fourth consecutive English Premier League clean-sheet.
Firmino told ESPN Brasil after the encounter in quotes received by the Metro:
“The [back] pass [from Virgil Van Dijk] was not all that either, Alisson [Becker] tried to fix it, but unfortunately [for him] it went wrong.”
“He [Alisson] has made an excellent start [at Anfield].”
Alisson Becker may have to reconsider his desire to keep the ball at his leg in the future, fortunately for the goalkeeper yesterday’s error didn’t change the outcome of the game.
The Reds held on to maintain their 100% Premier League wining record so far, leaving them sitting at the top of the English topflight league.
Should Jurgen Klopp’s boys be able to continue their form as the campaign progresses the Merseysider’s will have to be considered as Premier League title favourite this season.