£66.8m Liverpool star moves joint-first in award race despite rivals' 7-game head-start
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Alisson Becker goes joint top of Premier League Golden Glove chart

Alisson is now at the top of the Golden Glove charts despite giving his rivals a huge head-start.

The goalkeeper picked up his eighth clean sheet of the Premier League season, as many as anyone in the league. That part is hardly remarkable, of course.

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Alisson won the award last season in his debut Premier League campaign. That took 21 clean sheets, one ahead of compatriot Ederson.

And so everyone fully expected Alisson to at least compete for the award once again this year. He is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, after all, and has been since his £66.8m arrival.

But the truly incredible thing is that Alisson has the joint-most clean sheets despite his start to the season.

The Brazilian started Liverpool’s opener against Norwich City but went off injured after just 39 minutes. Adrian stepped up, admirably, and did so for seven Premier League starts.

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Alisson didn’t actually start and finish a Premier League game until October 20th against Manchester United at Old Trafford. So despite his rivals having a seven-game headstart, Alisson is on course for the Golden Glove.

Even more bizarre is that he conceded in his first six Premier League games this season. Alisson didn’t keep his first clean sheet until Bournemouth on December 7th.

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He’s only conceded one Premier League goal since – away at Wolves last week.

It’s a truly remarkable run of games and if he keeps this up, Alisson will win the Golden Glove. Even with that ridiculous head start for his opponents.

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