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Exclusive: Emile Heskey believes Alisson Becker needs competition

Liverpool have struggled for form in recent months. The Reds have been on a steady decline since Christmas as the injury crisis finally caught up with the side. One man who has been so consistent for us is starting to drop in form along with the rest. Emile Heskey believes Alisson Becker needs competition for his place.

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Declining Liverpool form

The wheels came off after Christmas.

The Reds’ injury crisis finally caught up with them and results began to decline sharply.

Fatigue set in and the lack of rotation options became obvious, with poor results came damaged confidence and into a vicious cycle we went.

Even the Holy Goalie wasn’t safe from the dip in form.

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We’ve seen a few mistakes from Ali in recent weeks, including a pair against Manchester City and a howler against Leicester City.

Against Wolves he didn’t look confident and he was lucky not to give away a penalty early on.

Emile Heskey on Alisson Becker

There is no denying that we haven’t seen the best of our goalkeeper in recent months.

The tragic passing of his father will go someway to explaining his erratic decision making though these mistakes were creeping in before the awful event.

Speaking exclusively to Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey said that Alisson Becker needs competition for his place:

“A good goalkeeper has to be confident in coming out and catching a ball, we didn’t see that (against Wolves). He has to be confident in commanding his area, we haven’t seen that.

“He has to get his confidence back. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t have someone else pushing him. That could bring the best out of him, that competition pushes you to be the best you possibly can.

“Someone who is going to put pressure on him when things aren’t great, someone who can take him out of the firing line. I wouldn’t say he’s complacent but it’s not what we’re used to.”

What RTK has to say

Emile Heskey may be right in that Alisson needs some competition.

It is only natural to be more on your game if you think you could lose your spot.

At the moment there’s no serious competition for his place.

Not only would this competition benefit Ali but it would give us more of a chance in the cups, having a proper ‘cup keeper’.

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