Jurgen Klopp was amazed to hear that 20 different Liverpool players have scored for the club this season.
Klopp was speaking in his pre-match press conference via Liverpool FC on YouTube. After being told the statistic, the boss said it was the first time so many players had found the net for him.
“First and foremost it’s a wonderful statistic to be honest, wow” he said. “I never had that that 20 players in my squad scored a goal during the season, which is wonderful.”
If it were down to Jurgen though, that number would actually be 21, to include the brilliant saves of Alisson.
“For me a block on the line is like scoring a goal, but we don’t count them, there’s no list for them. Did Ali score this season already? No, but he obviously had a few saves which I count like scoring a goal to be honest,” said Klopp.
Alisson tops the list
In fact, it turns out that there are some lists that count how many goals Alisson has scored for Liverpool. Or rather, how many he has saved.
Speaking on Monday Night Football with Sky Sports last night, Jamie Carragher outlined some data that highlighted how good Liverpool’s keeper has been.
According to data provided by data analyst John Harrison on Twitter, Alisson has saved 7.8 Premier League goals for Liverpool.
That’s a full three goals more than his nearest competitor – Birighton & Hove Albion’s Robert Sanchez.
The missing piece of the puzzle
To be honest, that still feels like it slightly undersells just how good Liverpool’s ‘keeper has been this season.
A lot has been made of Klopp’s insistence of playing the high defensive line that Liverpool do. One of the main reasons The Reds are able to play that way is because of how good Alisson is in one-v-one situations.
His ability to read exactly when to come off his line and when to stay is unparalleled. After years of uncertainty in the goalkeeping department, it’s brilliant to feel so secure with Liverpool’s number 1.
Alisson may not be on Liverpool’s list of scorers this season – yet. But there’s no doubt that every Liverpool fan knows just how important he has been to their quadruple charge.