Alisson Becker has just enjoyed the best season of any goalkeeper in recent memory. But how can he repeat it?
The Brazilian finished his debut Liverpool season as a European champion but that’s only half the story. He also kept the most clean-sheets in the Champions League, doing the same in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s 97-points season was largely built on that latter statistic. Alisson won the Golden Glove with 21 clean-sheets as Liverpool conceded 22 goals – the fewest in the league.
And then came the Copa America. Brazil won South America’s biggest competition and Alisson again set new standards. Liverpool’s goalkeeper conceded just one goal – a penalty in the final.
That’s three major competitions in which Alisson kept the most clean-sheets, winning two of them.
No goalkeeper in recent memory has had such an incredible season but the question is, how can he top it?
There’s no Copa America next season, nor a World Cup. Alisson will have to rely on a great domestic season to leave his mark.
Winning the Premier League would do it. That would complete a set of three major trophies – the only ones he’s competed for – and leave little doubt that he’s the best around.
It would ensure legend status at Liverpool, putting him up there with Tommy Lawrence, Ray Clemence, and Bruce Grobbelaar.
But it would also put his medal haul above all the other competitors for ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ (Manuel Neuer aside, if he returns to his best).
He may not be able to win as many ‘Golden Gloves’, or win anything for his country, but Alisson can still build on his sensational season.