By Keith Hackett

15th Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Teams to target Liverpool 'weakness' as Alisson controversy takes fresh twist

Keith Hackett has suggested opposition teams may target Alisson next time they play Liverpool as he has shown a “weakness”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Alisson hit out at referees for his treatment against West Ham before the international break.

There was controversy when Liverpool thought he had been fouled before West Ham scored their opening goal in their 3-2 victory.

Alisson took to Instagram this week (November 14), as relayed by the Daily Mail, to post a picture of him collecting a cross for Brazil with the caption ‘When you can use your hands, the job it’s not so hard’.

As quoted by Sky Sports after the game against West Ham, Jurgen Klopp insisted the host’s opening goal should have been chalked off.

“I’m not a goalkeeping expert but I think the first thing is, if you come off your line to make a save you’ve got to ensure you can get the ball,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Therefore, I think, ultimately the space on a football field is shared between 22 players. There’s nothing preventing a forward standing in front of the goalkeeping. He’s got to find a way around it.

“There’s no offence here. He needs to understand there was no offence, he needs to understand, just like a referee who’s made an error, he’s made an error.

“He’s not going to suddenly get players moving out of the way so he can collect the ball.

“He’s shown a weakness and this is now where referees have got to focus a bit more. There might be those that do cross the line.”

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