When Jürgen Klopp first arrived at the club there was a lot of work to be done. The Reds needed a top to bottom overhaul of the playing staff, the squad is barely recognisable from 2015. We needed a new defence, a new engine room, a lethal strike force and a world class goalkeeper. In 2018, Jürgen Klopp got his world class goalkeeper – Alisson catches nearly everything and it is a trait few others have.
Liverpool have boasted some spectacular goalkeepers in their time.
Before Alisson Becker our last great goalie was one Pepe Reina. The Spaniard broke records for fun during his time between the Anfield sticks and in hindsight he was moved on too swiftly.
Reina was replaced by Simon Mignolet. The Belgian did ok but no more than that, he was adequate enough for a side that wanted to finish in the top six each year but that was as far as he could take us.
When it became apparent that Big Si wasn’t the answer, Loris Karius was brought in. The German showed great potential but sporadic errors quickly became frequent errors and these errors culminated in him waving the white flag in the 2018 Champions League final.
Alisson Becker has been a revelation since his 2018 arrival – he now looks set to retain the Premier League Golden Glove despite missing the first two months of the season through injury.
One of the reasons the Brazilian concedes so few goals is that he catches nearly everything. You don’t really notice this until you watch other goalies.
10 minutes watching Jordan Pickford and you quickly realise just how few shots Ali parries out – if he does parry then it is well away from danger.
At the weekend we saw Adrian look unconvincing when keeping the ball out, though he only looked unconvincing in comparison to our number one.
We are confident that Alisson would have caught Nathan Ake’s header, or at least thundered it well clear – Adrian sloppily palmed it over.
We are lucky to have Alisson catching everything in the net, it instills confidence in a defence. You can’t put a price on confidence.