By Noel Whelan

9th Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

Whelan slams 'weak' Liverpool player lacking 'bravery' after Klopp hits out

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson “had to be stronger” for West Ham’s opener on Sunday, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 29-year-old Brazillian should’ve done more to “dominate” his six-yard box during the match.

After Liverpool were beaten 3-2 by West Ham, Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports that Alisson was fouled as he floundered at Pablo Fornals’ corner in the fourth minute.

The goal was given after a lengthy VAR review, with Klopp describing the decision as making “no sense”.

West Ham’s third came in similar circumstances. Brazil international Alisson was powerless to avoid Kurt Zouma ghosting round to the back post and powering a header home from close range.

Whelan insisted Liverpool should not have been caught off-guard by the Hammers’ set-piece dominance.

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“You’ve got to defend better and you’ve got to be stronger as a goalkeeper, it’s as simple as that,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Goalkeepers get away with quite a lot in terms of fouls by strikers, but he was in a position during that game to use his hands and dominate his six-yard box. He had to be stronger.

“You have to be brave. He has to do better there, for me.

“They know what West Ham are all about. They’re a big, strong side who work on set-pieces and that is a big part of their game. There shouldn’t have been any surprises.

“Alisson has to take charge of that situation, but he was too weak. It’s not a foul, he just had to do better.”

West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool in the league table after the result.

The Reds are now four points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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