Former Liverpool player Chris Kirkland has reacted to what Sky Sports have done following Alisson Becker’s error against Real Madrid last night.
With the score 2-1 in the Reds’ favour, the Brazil international tried to play a clever ball from a back pass made by Joe Gomez.
However, the 30-year-old misplaced his clearance – and the ball smacked straight against Vinicius Jr, thus falling into an empty net.
This followed a mistake from Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who handed Liverpool their second goal of the game.
Subsequently, Sky Sports ran a segment this morning called ‘favourite goalkeeping howler’ – obviously joking at the expense of both Alisson and Courtois.
As a shot-stopper himself, Kirkland was furious with what he was seeing.
Therefore, he rightfully took to Twitter to slam the broadcasters, making an excellent point about players’ mental health.
Kirkland slams Sky Sports after Alisson’s mistake
It definitely seems like there is a different standard for goalkeepers, compared to outfield players.
There would never have been a whole segment dedicated to mistakes made in other areas of the pitch, especially so soon after the match was played.
To latch on and joke about one mistake made by the 30-year-old is just unfair. It’s hardly like many other players covered themselves in glory by their performances last night.
As Kirkland says, Sky Sports are quick to preach about mental health issues, but then they think it’s perfectly okay to run a derogatory segment taking the mickey out of a player’s mistake.
This was completely hypocritical from the broadcasters, so Kirkland was exactly right to condemn them for their double standards.
Jurgen Klopp certainly wouldn’t be happy if he saw this.