Pundit criticises Liverpool star after ‘one of his poorest’ showings

Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson has criticised Liverpool star Alisson for his performance against West Ham United on Sunday.

Alisson struggled against David Moyes’ side at the London Stadium over the weekend.

The Brazillian could have done better with all of West Ham’s goals as Liverpool lost 3-2.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a superb free-kick and Divock Origi got a goal back for the Reds late on as they were beaten.

This result drops Liverpool down to fourth in the Premier League as West Ham leapfrogged them in the table.

Robinson has told Football Insider that Alisson’s performance against the Hammers was “uncharacteristic”:

“Alisson has set himself such high standards at Liverpool,” Robinson said.

“That’s one of the poorest performances I’ve seen from him since he’s been there.

“It was an uncharacteristic performance from him but Liverpool weren’t at it as a team yesterday. Alisson was part of that because he was culpable for all three goals.

“If that happens every week you would be worried but it’s a one-off from him. He is extremely reliable. He is a world-class goalkeeper.

“West Ham did not allow them to play well though. It frustrates me that when Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City or Man United do get turned over, the focus is on their flaws. It should be about the other team’s quality. I’m sick of it.”

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher also criticised Alisson after their 3-2 defeat versus West Ham:

“Oh yeah, he’s got to save it. He should have done better on all three goals, no doubt about that.

“But that’s something Liverpool have done for a while and me being in that position, I can’t quite get my head around it. And you look at their defensive record and it’s absolutely fantastic.

“But I just think that when you’re in those positions I don’t know what you gain from holding the line.

“Yes, [Joel] Matip’s gone towards the ball but even Virgil van Dijk sort of holds the line. The only two things that can happen there: you either catch them offside or they run through at goal and for me that’s not a fair fight.

“In some ways I’m thinking, ‘You know what, I’d rather run back’. What do we gain out of an offside? Nothing, we’ve just got the ball 60 yards from the goal or they’re running through on our goalkeeper.

“Liverpool do that an awful lot and I think when you’re playing against Liverpool it feels like the opposition will run through at the goalkeeper.”

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