Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been given a modest rating for his display in Brazil’s opening World Cup game last night.
The Selecao got their campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 win over Serbia, with Alisson untroubled throughout the game. Rating the players, Globo gave the Liverpool goalie a six out of ten.
According to them, he was nothing more than a ‘privileged spectator’ for the duration of the match. Given that Serbia failed to produce a single shot on target, it’s hard to argue with that.
The watching public also agreed with Globo, rating Alisson an identical six out of ten. With most of the action at the other end of the field, the 30-year-old wasn’t really handed much chance to impress.
Better days ahead for Alisson and Brazil
Although it was a quiet’s night work for Alisson, there were still perhaps one or two things for him to improve upon.
Yes, there was nothing in terms of shots for him to deal with. But Serbia still had plenty of corners and crosses into the box.
Alisson isn’t immune to a bit of a flap from such balls, and we saw a little of that last night. With not much to do in the way of getting a feel for the ball, he looked all at sea from several corner kicks.
In the end, Serbia didn’t punish this, and the Liverpool man leaves with his clean sheet intact. On another day though, against better opposition, Alisson might not get away with it.
Maybe that’s nit-picking, but Alisson is the best ‘keeper in the world right now. His standards are higher than 99 per cent of other goalie’s out there.
He’ll know in himself that he wasn’t as sure-footed as he can be.
Still, on opening day the best thing to do is get the three points. Brazil do that more often that not, and they’ll now look ahead to a tournament they have a real chance in.
It may not have been his best performance here, but with Alisson between the sticks, their chances of winning the Hexa are massively enhanced. Better days ahead for Ali.