Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has set his sights on the Premier League champions-elect going one better than Manchester United’s treble-winning team of 1999.
Jurgen Klopp’s world champions are currently 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League and are still in the FA Cup and Champions League hunt having already won the club’s fourth Club World Cup in December.
Whilst the Reds players are just six league victories away from club immortality, the Brazil No.1 is targetting more silverware and insists none of the team will be satisfied with just the league title come the end of the season.
“We want to win the title and for winning the title, you need to win everything. We are just looking for our main goal and what is behind is behind,” Alisson told Premier League Productions.
The former Roma shot-stopper signed for Liverpool in a £67m [BBC Sport] deal back in the summer of 2018, Alisson has been one of the club’s most transformative additions since his then-record-breaking move playing a key role in a team who have conceded just 37 goals in 63 Premier League matches since the start of last season.
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He became a Champions League winner with Liverpool last June, before adding the Copa America with Brazil a month later which then culminated in Alisson being announced as the FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year.
This term he has missed eight Premier League games due to a calf injury sustained on the opening PL match of the season which threatened to derail any early title ambitions, but Adrian has proved a perfectly able deputy in his absence.
The 27-year-old believes Liverpool’s adequate squad depth is one of numerous reason they can have been able to maintain their ridiculous consistency that has seen Klopp’s team record 100 points from a possible 102 since March – they play nine games over the next five weeks.
“We have to focus on our quality,’ Alisson added. “We have an amazing group with amazing players – one goes out, the other comes in.
“Adrian, for example, when I got injured, he comes in and performed really, really good. An example of the other boys, Fab (Fabinho) goes out and another one comes in and it’s the same. Everybody helps a lot on the pitch.
“We are enjoying this time because it’s good to be on the top. We work for this – to be on the top in a top-level.”
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Alisson is right to want to aim for the stars. Liverpool are showcasing a superiority that has never reigned so dominantly in the history of English top-flight football.
We are still in February and already Liverpool have a gargantuan 22 point lead. The Reds have lost just one league match in nearly two years and are undefeated in the league at their home fortress since April 2017.
Liverpool will also begin their European title defence on Tuesday when they face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16. The Reds will be looking to make it three-consecutive UCL finals come May with the knowledge that Klopp has never lost a two-legged European knockout tie since his arrival at Liverpool in 2015.