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How we got Mahrez confused to miss important penalty, Liverpool goalkeeper coach

Timothy Aiyeku



Ryad Mahrez

Liverpool goalkeeper trainer John Achterberg has revealed that Manchester City player Riyad Mahrez was actually rattled to have him miss the penalty in Sunday’s draw against their visitors at the Anfield.

An opportunity for City to hand Liverpool their first Premier League defeat in the game on Sunday was ruined by the Algerian who had played wide over the top.

However, Achterberg stated that the miss was actually as a result of the tactics employed by goalkeeper Alisson Becker who had gotten Mahrez confused.

He said Alissson was already communicated what to do and he had done it perfectly, stressing that it was no accident but was planned.

Achterberg revealed how he usually holds talks with goalkeepers before games and they usually plan what to do after major analysis.

According to him, Sergio Aguero was the man for penalties which he had anticipated and already planned for but the Argentine was already substituted which ensured a change of tactics.

The goalkeeper coach said the moment it was clear that Mahrez would take the spotkick, he immediately consulted and communicated to Alisson what to do.

The Liverpool trainer was glad it worked but failed to give out the tactics that was employed.

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Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.