Alisson Becker’s casual demeanour holds him back from being widely considered as the best goalkeeper in the world.
I’ll be the first to say that Alisson should have done much better when the Reds lost 3-2 against West Ham.
He was obstructed by Angelo Ogbonna but he should have been stronger or made the interference clearer to the referee, but it was a rare poor performance from the former AS Roma goalkeeper.
Alisson then went on international duty with Brazil and kept Argentina quiet, keeping a side led by Lionel Messi quiet. He kept out a free-kick from the PSG star with the most nonchalant catch, which most ‘keepers would have theatrically pushed over the bar.
Not Alisson though. Liverpool’s no.1 positioned himself so that he could get across easily, with his footwork allowing him to shuffle across and deny Messi.
I guess he learned from the stunning free-kick Messi scored against the Reds in the Champions League semi-final first leg at Camp Nou and he wasn’t going to let it happen again.
Nobody is going to argue that Alisson isn’t highly rated, but he could be more widely considered as the best goalkeeper in the world if he wasn’t so nonchalant.
He is the type of goalkeeper to make a world-class save in the dying minutes of a game to earn Liverpool a win, only to remain expressionless and act as though nothing happened.
Now that he has Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Fabinho and Thiago back in the side to protect him, Alisson will be able to keep more clean sheets, which is vital as Chelsea’s defence has been the difference in the Premier League title race this season.
Liverpool are the highest-scoring team in the league but have conceded eight goals more than the Blues.