Jurgen Klopp has publicly admitted for the first time that Liverpool’s hopes of retaining their Premier League title are over following the 3-1 defeat at Leicester.
Alisson suffered another nightmare as a late collapse at the King Power Stadium left Liverpool 13 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who have one game in hand after they beat Tottenham 3-0 on Saturday Night Football.
The goalkeeper gifted Jamie Vardy Leicester’s second in their comeback, as the Foxes scored three times inside a dramatic final 14 minutes to clinch a dramatic win which boost their own Champions League qualification hopes.
Alisson, fresh from two huge gaffes against Manchester City, aided Liverpool’s late capitulation when he rushed out and missed Youri Tielemans’ long pass and Vardy ran the ball in.
James Maddison had already levelled before Harvey Barnes struck to compound the visitors’ misery.
Speaking afterwards, Klopp admitted his team have left themselves with too much to do in order to catch City.
When asked by Sky Sports News if he had conceded the title, Klopp responded: “Yes. I can’t believe, but yes.
“I don’t think we can close the gap this year, to be honest. We have to win football games, and a large part of our game today was very good.
“What we need to try to avoid are mistakes and misunderstandings. In two situations today we didn’t do that and that’s how they were allowed to score two goals. Results are massively related to the performance – we were good enough today to win the game apart from a couple of mistakes towards the end.
“Before the game, we all knew that Ozan [Kabak] is a really good player and we know that afterwards as well but he’s not used to all the things we do. Ali [Alisson] is offensive and likes to come out of his goal.
“When you are new together this usually happens but it happens in pre-season. Unfortunately, we’ve not had that. We’re not worrying about the title, we’re not silly.
“We have a tough game on Tuesday and then the derby next week. That’s what we’re thinking about.”
Liverpool looked on course for victory following Mohamed Salah’s 17th league goal of the season but collapsed in a frantic final 14 minutes.