Danny Murphy has a suggestion for Liverpool on how to get Alisson back to his best. The Brazilian is struggling for form right now.
The actual goalkeeping part of Alisson’s game right now isn’t struggling. He’s making saves, commanding his area – all the things we like.
It’s just his decision making that’s a problem. In fact, ‘problem’ feels like an understatement.
Alisson have given up three goals in two games against top-4 rivals. Free goals that cost Liverpool.
The two against Manchester City were remarkably similar in that Alisson passed them the ball. He showed little composure – usually his strong-suit – and gave the ball away on the edge of his box.
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Then came the Leicester City game. Alisson saw Ozan Kabak hesitate on a long-ball before charging out to try and deal with it. Only, he had no chance of getting there.
Alisson collided with Kabak and handed Jamie Vardy a completely open goal. It was a truly awful decision to come out like that.
So what do Liverpool do? Their remarkably-reliable goalkeeper has become reliably-unreliable.
Ex-Red Danny Murphy has an answer for Alisson, though – persist.
“When I was a player going through a bad spell, it helped me if the manager gave me confidence to let me play through it a bit,” he told TalkSport.
“Because what can happen when you remove someone from a team so quickly after a couple of games of not playing well is that your confidence becomes even less, it just drains out of you and then you’ve got this mountain to climb to get back in.
“One good game for him and his confidence could suddenly be back.”
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This sounds very obvious – of course, Liverpool won’t drop Alisson. He has comfortably been one of the best around since his £67m move. But there have been suggestions they should leave him out.
After all, if someone is costing you goals through terrible decisions, you should think about leaving them out.
But with games against RB Leipzig and Everton this week, Liverpool are playing Alisson. No doubt about that.
So, hopefully, Murphy is right about this being the correct remedy. Let Alisson get a couple of ‘safe’ performances behind him and we’re all back to normal.
We will certainly cross our fingers that that’s the case.