Forgotten Liverpool goalkeeper sends message to Alisson ahead of Reds reunion

Amid all of Alisson's recent troubles, he has found a firm ally in a man who knows how hard it is to be Liverpool's No.1 goalkeeper.

Peter Gulacsi is not a name which will ring round the halls of Anfield with particular notoriety, despite spending a total of six years at the club.

Because even though he held down a role as back-up stopper on the bench for the likes of Pepe Reina, Gulacsi never actually got to make his senior Liverpool debut.

Instead he is now set to feature against them when Liverpool meet Red Bull Leipzig in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday.

And Gulacsi had a strong and supportive message for his faltering opposite number ahead of the clash.

“We’d be really foolish to think it’ll be easy because Liverpool have unbelievable quality. They lost a few games but were pretty unlucky," Gulacsi told The Athletic . "We can’t really judge them on the last couple of weeks, we have to judge them on the last couple of seasons.

“They might have lost a little bit of confidence and their rhythm but players don’t lose quality overnight.

"Take Alisson: he has made two mistakes against Manchester City, but that is not going to change how people think about him. He is still among the best goalkeepers in the world.

"Big goalkeepers have the mental strength to come back from these kind of situations, and it's the same story for Liverpool as a team."

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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Alisson followed up his nightmare against Man City with another blunder in Saturday's defeat to Leicester after a mix-up with new teammate Ozan Kabak.

Following the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted his side's chances of defending their Premier League title were over, leaving just the Champions League left to aim for this season.

They face a Leipzig side brimming with confidence though, who are second in the Bundesliga table after a run of four successive victories.

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Gulacsi has been a big part of that, having not conceded a goal from open play in any of those fixtures.

However the 30-year-old is not underestimating his former club despite their current struggles.

"They are still one of the best sides in Europe, with a fantastic attacking threat, fantastic ball possession control and great counter-pressing," he added. "It’ll be our job not to let them get back to their best and rediscover their flow. There are a lot of things to be aware of."

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