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Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp: Fabinho 'needs time to adapt' before debut

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp: Fabinho 'needs time to adapt' before debut

Liverpool survived an embarrassing mistake from Brazil goalkeeper Alisson to beat Leicester 2-1 on Saturday for a fourth straight win to open the Premier League season.

First-half goals by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino ultimately proved more important than Alisson's ill-advised fancy footwork after the break as Liverpool made it four wins from four games to stay top on 12 points along with Chelsea.

Alisson was dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho inside his own box during the Premier League affair, and the Foxes forward squared for Rachid Ghezzal to find the back of the net.

To be fair, Alisson did warn fans that he has a high-risk style of play prior to the game.

"In the end, if Alisson with the first touch puts the ball away, everything is fine", he said.

"We could have cleared the situation twice before, then we give the ball back to him and, yes, he could have cleared it as well".

He cited the need to be defensively sound against a good Leicester side.

Leicester were ultimately unable to capitalise on the lifeline handed to them but Liverpool FC can consider themselves lucky that the Brazilian's mistake was inconsequential this time.

"I am angry that I made a mistake that put the team in a hard situation", the Brazil keeper told ESPN Brasil.

"I would like to play with him as a striker".

The way they started the game, they bore the look of champions, not just leaders.

"I'm really very happy with my players".

"We talked about that in the dressing room and I spoke to Virgil", Alisson said. He takes nothing for granted and strives to learn and be better for his team at all times.

The defensive midfielder has only been an unused substitute on the opening weekend of the Premier League, but Klopp said he will have a part to play in Liverpool's upcoming busy period.

"I also had all the conditions to kick the ball away and tried to keep playing, keep the possession".

Jurgen Klopp's men have only conceded once in their first four games while scoring nine goals and Shearer believes they are the real deal.


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