What Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp screamed at Alisson after shaky start in Man Utd clash

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp bellowed at his goalkeeper Alisson to stop putting the Reds under pressure with short passes at the back. The Brazilian was on the receiving end of a Klopp hairdryer in the first half at Old Trafford after nearly playing his teammates into trouble.

Alisson is usually considered extremely reliable between the posts but the goalkeeper lost confidence during Liverpool’s mid-season blip at the beginning of the year.

He gifted Manchester City two goals back in February in their 4-1 thrashing at Anfield, highlighting his lack of composure with the ball at his feet at times.

The former Roma man nearly handed Edinson Cavani the opener on a plate inside the opening minutes at Old Trafford.

Attempting to play the ball to Rhys Williams, Alisson passed the ball straight into the path of the Uruguayan.

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Williams did well to unnerve the forward, who shot wide of the mark.

It was a wake-up call for Alisson but he clearly had not learnt his lesson.

A second short pass to Williams that put his teammate under pressure was not received well by Klopp on the touchline.

According to The Athletic’s James Pearce, the Reds boss screamed at his No 1 and told him to stop playing it short to the youngster.

Klopp’s fury could also be heard on Sky Sports’ live broadcast of the match.

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Williams endured a difficult time on this ground in the FA Cup back in January.

The centre-back faced a baptism of fire up against the pacey United attack, who ruthlessly exposed him just as they did to Trent Alexander-Arnold in March 2018.

Klopp was keen to show more faith in the club’s academy prospect though in the absence of Ozan Kabak.

Williams played the full 90 minutes and helped Liverpool to a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Southampton last Saturday.

There were high hopes for the England Under-21 international earlier in the season when he slotted in during the injury crisis.

He helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet in the 5-0 Champions League win at Atalanta and also kept Harry Kane quiet in the 2-1 win over Spurs in December at Anfield on his Premier League debut.

Today he was partnered by fellow academy graduate Nat Phillips at the heart of defence.

The former Stuttgart loanee accidentally turned Fernandes’ goal-bound effort into his own net for the United opener.

Phillips then thought he’d won a penalty when he was chopped down by Eric Bailly in the United box but the decision was overruled by Anthony Taylor following a VAR review.

He did then record a vital assist for Diogo Jota, who cutely flicked him the equaliser before Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead before the break.

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