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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson annoyed at lack of clean sheets

Alisson has demanded more focus from his Liverpool team mates after failing to keep a clean sheet in four games since returning from injury.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson annoyed at lack of clean sheets
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is annoyed at the amount of "stupid" goals the team have conceded this season. Jürgen Klopp's side have amassed three clean sheets in 18 matches this season and have not been able to keep opposing teams out in their past seven games in all competitions.

Liverpool less solid at the back

Aston Villa's Trézéguet became the latest player to breach Liverpool's defence after being left completely unmarked to steer home John McGinn's free-kick on Saturday. The European champions recovered from that setback to win 2-1 at Villa Park, but Alisson is frustrated his side are having to do things the hard way - especially after he set a new club clean sheets record during his first season at Anfield.

"It annoys me always when we concede," he told reporters. "Stupid goals! When we concede that way, it annoys me and the team.  We always have a common goal to win the game and keep a clean sheet. You are closer to the victory with a clean sheet and you always have a draw. When you concede, the games become more difficult. We need to work better than that if we want to do great things."

Alisson has failed to keep a clean sheet in all four matches since returning from a 10-week lay-off due to a calf injury, including in last month's 1-4 Champions League win against Genk.

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European nights return to Anfield

The Belgian club travel to Anfield on Tuesday and Alisson demanded an improvement from his team mates. "We can do better in our concentration. Against Genk we conceded late on, so this annoyed me and the team. We need to keep our focus," he said. "We need to learn from these moments to make sure it does not happen again."

Klopp says he can understand Alisson's frustrations, adding at Monday's pre-match news conference: "For me, it is more important the other team don't create. If a team score with one shot, it is not nice but it is something we can't work on. Ali is annoyed without clean sheets, but he is happy as everyone when we win games. We have to score goals."


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