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Liverpool Brazilian goal keeper Alisson has been openly telling Liverpool what their problem is all season



Alisson has made no secret of Liverpool’s attitude problem this season and there are only two solutions

While Liverpool waded aimlessly in the dark for much of a torturous season, there was a constant bright spot for the rest of the squad to follow.

As such, Alisson Becker is perhaps better placed than most to pass judgment on a season which, although still more than two months from its conclusion, is already guaranteed to have a significant impact at the moment. coming.

And the goalkeeper hit the nail on the head when asked to rate the Reds’ Champions League Round of 16 exit at Real Madrid on Wednesday, amid any hopes of a thrilling comeback thanks to a muted and increasingly disinterested performance from the Jurgen Klopps page was destroyed.

“We played a fantastic, incredible game against Manchester United,” said the goalkeeper. “Shortly after an inexplicable match against Bournemouth. And against Real Madrid it’s not that we played badly, but we didn’t play enough to draw the match. There was a lack of attitude, a lot was missing from our side.”

Alisson has known about the problem for some time. That was the goalkeeper’s speech following United’s defeat in the Premier League in August.

“Teams, when they play against us, they know our way of playing and they try to exploit it and they try to use it against us,” he said. matches we make some mistakes for which you are punished”.

Here, the Brazilian discussed a very insignificant 2-1 win against Leicester City over the Christmas period, shortly after the Premier League campaign resumed after the World Cup.

“Now will be a very important moment of the season and we have to concentrate,” said Alisson. “We have to do better. Sometimes it’s just a question of mentality. It’s not that easy to change it, but we certainly can. We have to do more. But we know it.”

And after the sad 3-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in February, he said: “Football is also a mental game. You go out there, prepare your game, prepare to play, and then the first thing you do is make mistakes and concede? It doesn’t help at all. When things like this happen all the time, it’s so frustrating, but we have to fight that frustration to get back on our feet.”

The news seemed to come after that Molineux mole as Liverpool embarked on a 13-point streak in 15 Premier League games, conceding five goals and earning a record 7-0 win over United in the second leg. But while the horrific home defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League could be considered a mad aberration in some respects, the shock midweek defeat at Bournemouth and the equally tentative surrender at the Bernabeu could not. The question is whether the recent mini-bounce was the outlier rather than the poor results. Liverpool have won just five out of 15 games since the start of the year. There is certainly a common thread since the beginning of the year which does not only question the performance of the team. On more than one occasion,

Klopp lamented the poor body language of some of his charges, a notable fact given that many of his assistants were the ‘monsters of mentality’ who dominated opponents for several years. The body may be tired after the tough football of the past three years, but so is the mind. Although Alisson barely crossed the line, it was fascinating that he could once again speak freely about what was becoming a clear lack. Not only does this indicate players are aware of the issue, but there’s a sense of frustration that it hasn’t been widely addressed. This can be solved in two ways – through the hard work of the coaching staff or simply by changing players and bringing in new players.

It’s also an issue recognized by players, particularly seniors, with Virgil van Dijk pointing out that Fenway Sports Group and the recruitment team have a responsibility to support Klopp as he wishes in the summer transfer window.

“Obviously the players will leave, we have to recruit,” he said. “But everyone knows it will be very difficult. It will be very difficult to find the right players, but in this case the club has to do its job.”

Failing to qualify for the Champions League makes that job a little more difficult. A change is needed at Liverpool, in terms of mentality, team and general approach. And the coal mine know it better than anyone.


Jurgen Klopp’s rebuilding of Liverpool is becoming clearer now as decision has been made on three midfielders

Liverpool are set to embark on a massive rebuild of their midfield in the summer transfer window amid a terrible campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s side

Jurgen Klopp looks determined to revamp Liverpool’s midfield in the summer transfer window, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Arthur Melo are ready to go.

The midfield was the Reds’ biggest problem in a disappointing campaign for Klopp’s side. They failed to win the Carabao Cup, have already dropped out of the FA Cup and were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The Reds will increasingly undergo reconstruction this summer, as their place in next season’s Champions League is still uncertain. Jude Bellingham is their number one target for the period, although it seems more changes are on the horizon. Jürgen Klopp is rebuilding his midfield in the summer window (Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

According to The Athletic, this will start with the departures of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita on free transfers at the end of their contracts. Oxlade-Chamberlain had played just five minutes of football since mid-January before Wednesday’s loss to Madrid.

The Englishman spent six years at Anfield but has struggled to secure a regular place in recent years. He has made just 12 appearances this season, including his cameo off the bench at the Bernabeu.

No wonder then that the 29-year-old will move on when his contract expires at the end of the season. Keita has failed to live up to his price tag since joining from RB Leipzig in 2018.

He spent the first half of the season sidelined with a hamstring injury and didn’t make his first Premier League appearance until Boxing Day. He has been omitted from the bottom three sides of the top flight and his time at Anfield appears to be drawing to a close.

Arthur’s move to Anfield, meanwhile, was nothing short of a disaster as the Juventus star barely played. That loan deal will not be converted into a permanent move, with Liverpool fully focused on signing Bellingham.

James Milner could join in the departure, with the ball in the Englishman’s court if he is to stay another year. Reds legend Michael Owen believes Liverpool’s plans to buy Bellingham could be thwarted by their performances this season

“That’s the concern. That’s the concern at the moment, is you hang your hat on maybe one or two additions to freshen it up, shall we say, but the concern is that if Liverpool don’t get into the Champions League then they will win. It will be a proposition exciting,” he told BT Sport.

“If they don’t make it to the Champions League they probably don’t have the money to do it, we all know Liverpool aren’t awash with money so I know there’s a prize pool over there which is probably for a Bellingham will go for £100m, maybe a bit more.

“But if they don’t make it to the Champions League it will put a bit more pressure on wallets. I don’t think it’s fair to buy a lot of players. I would try to break the bank for Bellingham and I’m afraid that’s all.