Continuing to flex his muscles in the Premier League and illustrating why he’s one of the finest goalkeepers in the world, Alisson’s mastery has been an integral feature of table-topping Liverpool’s excellent start to the season.
A massive difference maker for the Reds, who have had their issues defensively in terms of setup and suffering a host of injuries, the Brazilian’s presence has been immensely important.
Boasting the best save percentage in the league and nominated for all five save of the month awards, his elite shot-stopping has seen him secure his team plentiful points.
Giving his side a strong defensive platform to achieve such terrific results, his experience, consistency, composure, anticipation, athleticism and power have combined to see him star again on his sixth term on Merseyside.
Excelling in 1v1 scenarios and relishing these confrations, his confidence, conviction, reactions, reading of the play and ability to make himself as wide as possible has ensured he’s shone.
So good at racing off his line to close down space and rush opponents, the proactive netminder certainly makes life as difficult as possible for foes to outfox him.
Picking when to go down and make his move, plus when to smother the ball or apply an intervention with his hands or feet, the way he nullifies danger is always a huge boost for his team.
It also warrants mention how comfortable he is operating as a sweeper-keeper to stop attacks before they can fully develop.
Focused, concentrated and primed to propel himself across, upwards, downwards and everything in between from his powerful base on the balls of his feet, plus typically ideally positioned, this amplifies his effectiveness.
Rapid at picking up the ball’s speed and trajectory, and swift in his decision making, the instinctive former AS Roma maestro’s razor sharp reflexes and judgement then compound issues for adversaries. The examples below demonstrate his prowess between the posts and what a goal preventing machine he is.
While he’s had his issues dealing with crosses previously, he’s largely dealt with such instances well, knowing when to claim, punch and navigate blockers on his way to commanding his area admirably.
Although he’s made some high-profile errors with his distribution in recent times, there’s no denying he still holds his own in this regard more often than not.
Providing Jurgen Klopp’s side with a quality platform to build out from the back, his calmness and comfort with the ball at his feet has been as crucial as ever. Successfully provoking pressure to open up space for teammates and free up passing angles, his patience, awareness and resistance to harrying is a joy to watch even if it makes for some sketchy moments for the fans.
Possessing an exceptional range of passing over a variety of distances that he uses devastatingly after baiting opponents, he has a pass for any scenario, as he breaks lines to feed the midfielders, launches wicked diagonals and hits precise through balls in behind.
Keeping his cool to assist his team to bypass opponents surgically to unleash Liverpool’s scintillating attackers, many an opponent has been punished due to his aptitude in this regard.
Seeing as his teammates have full faith in his abilities, this allows them to position themselves accordingly, knowing full well what he’s capable of within Klopp’s offensive framework.
The graphics below aptly depict how well he stacks up against his fellow Premier League keepers, as he ranks highly in a host of metrics and compares extremely well against countryman Ederson, who’s also up there as one of the best keepers on the planet.
Such a complete keeper and one that perfectly fits his German manager’s philosophy, there’s no signs of their indispensable dynamo, who’s essentially won it at all during his time at Liverpool, slowing up any time soon.
Clearly loving working under the tutelage of Klopp, listening to him speak on his manager shows what a fantastic relationship they share, which has been another key to his success. “He’s like a father to me,” he insisted.
“I really like the way he works and the way he makes the team feel comfortable and at the same time puts pressure on us. He’s a guy who is always happy, but when you go onto the pitch it’s hard work, serious work, and he’s a top manager, so all those things contribute to a good relationship. I really love to be here and working with him. I love my life here at Liverpool.”
Unquestionably the standout goalkeeper in the English top flight so far this season, the remarkable level of Alisson might just be the edge Liverpool need to reign triumphant again in the Premier League.
Deserving of all the praise that comes his way and still making it look easy, it’ll be fascinating to see what the rest of the season has in store for him and the high-flying Reds.