Alisson Becker’s signing was the one most Liverpool fans wanted this summer, and he’s made a great start to his Liverpool career. The Anfield Talk’s Aaron (@aaroncawley81) has his say on the Brazilian…
What a difference a goalkeeper can make to a team, a rubbish one can cost you points during a Premier League and one like David De Gea who at Manchester United regularly saves them on average of 12 to 15 points a season.
The number one spot at Liverpool has been a focal point for fans since Pepe Reina left Liverpool and Simon Mignolet came in to the club in 2013. Since then has kept 48 clean sheets out of 152 games for Liverpool which averages out at 3.1 clean sheets a season.
Such was the worry and poor perforances, clean sheets from Mignolet for Liverpool, manager Jürgen Klopp went back to Germany to try and solve the problem, Klopp brought in young German hot shot Loris Kauris.
Fans hoped for a change in fortune for Liverpool between the sticks but things did not work out at first for the young keeper.
In his first season Karius played just the 10 games for Liverpool and kept 3 clean sheets in those 10 games. Last season in the Premier League, Karius played 19 games for Liverpool keeping 10 clean sheets.
In his 29 games played for the club he averaged 2.2 clean sheets for Liverpool.
All was going well for Karius in the Liverpool goal until that faithful night in Kiev where the mistakes he made in that game all but sealed his faith as a Liverpool player.
The backlash he received after that game was uncalled for and disgusting. It showed the bad side of the Liverpool fan base and in all honesty it made me embarrassed to be a Liverpool fan.
Sensing the unrest amongst the Liverpool fan base over the goalkeeping position Jürgen Klopp’s hand was forced and he went out and purchased the fans preferred choice as goal keeper Alisson Becker, the Brazilian number one who had helped Roma to finish third last season in Serie A.
Alisson came to Liverpool with high hopes and at the time he came with a big reputation and this reputation was something Liverpool fans looked forward to seeing played out during this season.
Having played back up to current Juventus number one, Alisson bid his time to shine in the Roma jersey last season.
When Wojciech Szczęsny left for Juventus Allison became Roma’s new number one. He played 34 games for Roma last season in Serie A keeping 15 clean sheets.
He made 2.71 saves per game and conceded 0.79 goals per game. He also made 3.41 saves per goal. These stats were the reason Klopp went out and paid over £65 million last summer.
In signing Alisson, Klopp added a much needed starting point for a spine that included Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez in defence, Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield and Mohammad Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané in attack.
With Alisson in goal for Liverpool this season he has the highest save percentage in the Premier League with 86%. He has also kept 6 clean sheets in his first 9 Liverpool appearances in all competitions.
He has made 12 saves and has given Liverpool a much needed boost in defence. Bar the odd mistake he commands his area something neither Karius and Mignolet were overly good at.
He gives those in front of him confidence so they can concentrate on defending instead of having to worry about defending and the goalkeeper.
While it’s only early in the season, having Alisson in goal has seen Liverpool start the season 8 points better off than they were this time last season. They have sat on top of the table for most of the 6 games played this season.
If Liverpool can keep the defensive back 5 uninjured for the rest of the season, Liverpool have arguably the best chance of not only winning the Premier League but also the Champions League. Maybe I’m dreaming but we’re all allowed to dream aren’t we.