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Schmeichel comments on Alisson’s showboating


Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has been commenting on Alisson’s blunder that gifted Rachid Ghezzal a goal after he was dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho on Saturday.

The big-money signing from Roma attempted a Cruyff-turn against Leicester and his showboating left supporters scratching their heads when it dramatically backfired.

Schmeichel says such mistakes are inevitable when a ‘keeper tries to pull off such tricks but that Liverpool will have known his style before investing so much money in him. He thinks the following months will determine just how good the Brazilian is once he’s settled in.

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The Great Dane said: “Every single player who plays like that – it doesn’t matter where you are on the pitch – will lose the ball every now and again.

“The unfortunate thing for [Alisson] is of course that in an interview before the game against Leicester he said there would be more heart-stopping moments and he goes out in the next game and makes a mistake.

“Now that’s fine. It happens. But he’s a Liverpool goalkeeper and Liverpool goalkeeper’s over the last ten years have had a terrible time. Every little mistake is magnified and now they’ve spent so much money on one of the best goalkeepers in the world and people will still say it’s the same.

“When we begin to judge and see how good he really is now. We have to see how he reacts in the next couple of months. He will be under pressure. The media will scrutinise every little thing he does. How is he reacting to that? Can he still play to this very high level and brush it aside?

“That is the art of goalkeeping if you have that ability. The worst thing he can do is compromise his style.

“[Liverpool] paid so much money for his that. Stay with it, be comfortable with that.”