Liverpool made history at the London Stadium on Wednesday night as Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions-elect moved 19-points clear at the league summit following their 2-0 victory against West Ham.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured the Reds their 23rd and arguably most routine league victory of the season.
It’s also now 15 consecutive league wins following last night’s antics in the capital. Liverpool have dropped just two points all season and have claimed 97 points from their previous 99 available. Their latest victory ensured they became the first side ever in Europe’s top-five leagues to amass 70 points before January.
A win at home to Southampton on Saturday will see the European champions move 22 points ahead of current holders Manchester City – and Klopp has hailed one particular star’s recent performances that have been so influential in the Reds boasting such extraordinary statistics.
Alisson Becker recorded his eighth clean sheet of the season to move joint-top of the pile for the Premier League Golden Shoe accolade despite missing eight league matches this season due to a calf injury.
The Brazilian shot-stopper was instrumental once again last night to get his teammates over the line to help secure Klopp’s 50th Premier League away victory.
Klopp hailed his No.1 and FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year Alisson who once again produced two vital saves in critical moments to ensure his team have conceded just one league goal in their previous nine league matches.
Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, Klopp lauded his ‘world-class’ goalkeeper who has proven to be one of the club’s most transformative signings in the club’s 127-year history.
“I would give these boys my kids I trust them so much, but they can still make these ridiculous mistakes. It’s about staying concentrated,” he said.
“The goalkeeper showed his quality with world-class saves.
“The difficulty tonight was to get the rhythm, keep the rhythm and stay concentrated. The biggest chances we gave them. Gini’s pass, sensational save from Ali, then Trent against the post, slapstick.”
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Alisson has been faultless since returning from his injury setback in October. The former Roma shot-stopper may not consistently be in the thick of the action but is always there for his team in the critical moments.
The Brazil No.1 has saved 100% of shots he’s faced from outside the box. Overall, Alisson has saved 84.21% of the shots he has faced.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga (who eclipsed Alisson as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper following his £71m transfer) is 23rd with 55.56%.
Despite have Europe’s most formidable back-line as a protective base, Alisson has proven to be the definitive and final piece of Klopp’s uncrackable winning-formula