Alisson had another absence on Wednesday, this time missing Liverpool’s defeat to Brighton. It forces the Reds to ask a tough question this summer.
Liverpool will have a lot of questions coming out of Wednesday’s game. They lost at home to Brighton, after all.
One of those will involve their goalkeeping situation after Alisson had another absence. The goalkeeper was ill, per Liverpoolfc.com.
It’s become a recurring theme for the Brazilian. His debut season featured no absences but things took a dive last year.
Per Transfermarkt, Alisson missed 11 games with a calf injury last season. He then missed a further three with a hip problem.
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There have been similar problems in this campaign. A shoulder injury kept him out for three games in October, while another hip injury cost him another three in December.
Altogether, that’s 20 games over the last two season. 21 with the Brighton absence.
Now, we’re not even entertaining the idea of moving on from Alisson, of course. He’s the best in the world, in our eyes, and has proven to be a £67m bargain.
And we’re even being harsh including his illness as evidence of being injury prone – it can happen to anyone.
But Liverpool do need to wonder how good their no.2 has to be.
Because Alisson misses so many games a season, Liverpool’s backup goalkeeper ends up playing an awful lot. When you’re talking around 10 games a season, that’s quite a considerable role.
By backup goalkeeper standards, anyway.
Liverpool did have Adrian for that role but dropped him in November for Caoimhin Kelleher. The Irishman has performed well, too.
But we’ve seen quite a lot of him. More than Liverpool would like, certainly.
Thus they need to ask themselves if Kelleher is good enough to play around ten games a season for a trophy-hunting team. The answer has to be yes if they want to continue with him.
Otherwise, you’re taking a great risk with your season by frequently using a player you don’t think is quite good enough. Especially in goal.
It’s not a nice decision, either. If Liverpool decide ‘no’, they’ll have to go out and spend on someone new of the sufficient quality. And that’s money they’d almost certainly want to spend elsewhere.
Finding a backup goalkeeper of great quality is tough. Anyone really good won’t want to limit themselves to 10 games per season.
Liverpool, though, may need to go hunting for such a player, given the amount of Alisson absences.