Highest paid Liverpool keeper left red faced after having ball stolen, resulting in goal to Leicester

When Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson received an errant back-pass on the byline to the right of his goal, there was no teammate available for a pass and an opponent was bearing down on him quickly.

It looked an obvious next play for the Brazil international: Make the clearance and let the team regroup as it looked to see out a hard-fought game away to Leicester in the English Premier League.

That's not the way for a modern ball-playing goalkeeper, though.

Instead, Alisson attempted to drag the ball back between his legs to outsmart Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho, got it caught in his feet, was dispossessed, and ended up conceding a goal in embarrassing fashion.

The mistake didn't cost Liverpool, which held on to win 2-1 and maintain its 100 per cent start to the season, but it did highlight the dangers of coaches asking goalkeepers to use their feet as much as their hands these days.

"I'm not going to be stupid and make the same mistake. We have to learn from our mistakes," Alisson said after letting in a goal for the first time since joining Liverpool in July for $85 million (NZD $131 million) — then a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

"It is part of my game but I am not going to be arrogant to stand here and say I'm going to keep doing it."

Expect, however, other Premier League goalkeepers to continue with the risk-taking. Other ball-playing goalkeepers include Manchester City's Ederson Moraes and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris. Arsenal's Petr Cech is age 36 and he has already acknowledged teething problems after being asked, for the first time in his career, to play the ball out from the back this season by new coach Unai Emery.

Despite Alisson's error, Liverpool stayed top thanks to first-half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and is one of two teams on 12 points from four games. Chelsea is the other after beating Bournemouth 2-0 at home.

Manchester City, the defending champion, beat Newcastle 2-1 to remain two points off the pace.


Watch: Goal of the season stands out as Southampton, Brighton play out south coast stalemate

Brighton have fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Southampton in the English Premier League this morning.

Glenn Murray's stoppage-time penalty capped Brighton's second-half comeback at St Mary's Stadium.

Pierre Emile Hojberg and Danny Ings put Southampton seemingly in control before Shane Duffy headed Brighton back into the game.

Southampton remain 13th in the table, one place above Brighton.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a rocket in this morning's 2-2 draw. Source: SKY


'It was a bad mistake' - Brazil star apologises after spitting in face of rival

Juventus winger Douglas Costa has apologised but faces a lengthy ban after spitting in the face of Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco during an Italian Serie A match.

The flash point came in second-half stoppage time as Juve saw out a 2-1 victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to get off the mark this season.

Sassuolo had just pulled a goal back through Khouma Babacar when Costa and Di Francesco squared up.

Brazilian winger Costa already looked to have lost his composure after aiming an elbow and a headbutt moments earlier but the worst was to come as he spat directly at Di Francesco from inches away.

Costa was sent off after the intervention of the video assistant referee.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted the behaviour was unacceptable and Costa later offered his mea culpa on Instagram.

"I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today's game. I also apologise to my team-mates, who are always with me in beautiful and bad moments," he wrote.

"It was a bad mistake, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this. I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not correspond to what I have always shown in my career."

Now Costa could see the Italian authorities clamp down on his behaviour.

"Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen," Allegri told reporters.

"The only thing we have to avoid doing this year is rising to the provocation.

"We had the game where we wanted it but we started playing as individuals and not as a team."

Allegri added that Costa will face club sanctions.

"It's only right that he (Costa) is fined, and he certainly will be... I was surprised by his reaction," he said.

"We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long."




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