Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp lifts lid on Alisson’s reaction to controversial penalty
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was adamant that he did not touch Ashley Barnes for the incident which led to Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley.
The Brazilian has established himself as one of the best keepers in world football, since signing from Roma in the summer of 2018.
However, he was left with his head in his hands at Anfield, as he gave Burnley the golden chance to end the champions’ long home unbeaten run.
Liverpool hadn’t been beaten at Anfield since 2017, but that came to an end when Barnes converted a penalty with just seven minutes to go.
He was handed the opportunity from 12 yards, when referee Mike Dean adjudged that Alisson had fouled the Clarets forward as he lunged to take a shot.
Barnes was through on goal, after Fabinho reacted slowly to a header and despite replays appearing to show little contact, the VAR officials upheld Dean’s decision.
Alisson went the right way from the resulting spot kick, but was unable to claw out Barnes’ decisive strike.
Speaking after the game, Klopp said he had spoken with his player, who believed he had done no wrong: “We had the ball a lot, created some and didn’t finish the situations off.
“That keeps the game open and then they get the penalty – Alisson told me he didn’t touch him, but I didn’t see it back.”
The result extended Liverpool’s winless run to five league games, with four of those seeing Klopp’s side fail to score. But the German added that it was not the time to point fingers at players, instead laying the blame at his own door.
He added: “It’s not about blaming, we have to sort it together and we will. In football you don’t have a lot of time.
“We tried a lot, in some moments the right things and some not. That’s the problem You have to break the wall down by trying, in the right mood. We had chances.
“The things that don’t work are my fault. The things that work are the players.
“We’ve worked that long together now. If I make clear which movements make sense because it will hurt the opponent, and they don’t do them, then I have to make it clearer. That’s how it is.
“The good thing is, we can change it, we just have to work on it. And we can’t work on tonight’s game any more, but we can use it for the next one. I can’t believe we lost it, but it’s the truth and we have to accept that.”