In a keenly contested game, Alison Becker made evitable mistakes that n handed the game to Pep Guardiola’s side a win and edge in the PL title race with Liverpool falling behind further.
The Brazilian is a consistent performer for the Reds but yesterday things went wrong and it hurt Jurgen Klopp’s men badly.
Last night’s clash at Anfield was widely regarded as a title decider as both teams were the ones tipped for the crown this year once more due to their performance in recent years.
Both teams have shared the last three PL titles between themselves with them edging out the other big guns in the title race even before matchday 30.
Despite Liverpool being behind Manchester United and Leicester City on the log, it’s widely believed that they were not out of the title race if they could go on to defeat City at Anfield.
The reigning champions however lost at home to their rivals by four goals to one with them falling 10 points behind City and a potential 13 or 11 points because the Cityzens have a game in hand.
Ilkay Gundogan had the opportunity to put Pep’s men in front but missed a penalty in the first half.
The Turkish-German midfielder however redeemed himself by scoring the opener early in the second period.
Liverpool leveled with a spot kick from Mohamed Salah, but Alisson became the downfall of the Merseyside giants as his pass to Andy Robertson was intercepted by Phil Foden and the English youngster set up Gundogan for his second.
Another Karius kind of error was seen minutes later as Alisson gave away a pass to Bernardo Silva before the Portuguese star’s cross to Raheem Sterling.
The two mistakes ensured that Alisson became the first Liverpool goalkeeper to make two errors leading directly to a goal in a single game since Loris Karius vs Real Madrid in the infamous 2018 Champions League final.
Neil Jones believes the former AS Roma goalkeeper has dented Liverpool’s hope of retaining the PL title with his match winning performance for Manchester City.
“It was bizarre, the kind of thing we associate with a distant Liverpool era. The game in the balance, there to be won. Tight and edgy, tense – then a goalkeeper takes centre stage.
“Alisson Becker’s errors were as remarkable as they were costly. They certainly cost Liverpool any chance of a result here. Their title dreams are in tatters.
“What was the Brazilian doing? It was shocking, so out of character. He’s one of the best in the world, but he was anything but here. His two shoddy clearances allowed City to race off into the distance.
“In a season where so much has gone wrong for Liverpool, this was rock bottom. If they can’t rely on their No 1, who’s left?”