Liverpool legends tear into £56m Klopp signing after costly mistake

BELGRADE, SERBIA - NOVEMBER 06: Alisson Becker of Liverpool reacts during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 06, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Two Liverpool legends were quick to point the finger at Alisson following Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Red Star in Belgrade.

A damaging loss sealed Liverpool’s worst away run in Europe’s elite club competition in 39 years and made qualifying from Group C that bit harder.

Two first-half strikes from Milan Pavkov, a 24-year-old scoring his first European goals in only his 11th appearance, were enough to beat the off-colour Reds.

Alisson appeared slow to react to Pavkov’s second goal – an effort from distance – and Steve McManaman believes that the Brazil international should have been equal to it.

“Wijnaldum lets him get away he should just foul him there, Matip and van Dijk are just backing off and backing off and the keeper should have stopped it as well,” McManaman told BT Sport.

His former Liverpool teammate Michael Owen added: “There’s a catalogue of errors and as you say the goalkeeper could probably do better as well.”

Liverpool completed the world-record signing of Alisson in the summer, with reports suggesting the Reds have agreed to pay a guaranteed £56million up front, with £53.8m going to Roma and £2.2m to the Brazil international’s former club Internacional.