Liverpool supporters have been relatively upbeat in recent times despite seeing their team lose their 100% start to the new Premier League season on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with Chelsea off the back of six straight wins to begin their league campaign, a run which propelled them to top of the division prior to this weekend’s round of matches. Yet the Reds were usurped at the summit by champions Manchester City on Saturday after drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge, with Eden Hazard’s opener looking to have won the Blues all three points only for a stunner from Daniel Sturridge to secure a draw for Klopp’s side.
Thus, there have been many satisfied Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who has heaped praise on goalkeeper Alisson for his role in the Reds’ draw at the weekend.
And in claiming that ‘you clearly get what you pay’, the former Tottenham striker is absolutely spot on to suggest that the £54 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) is proving why Klopp simply had to break the bank during the summer.
Ultimately, it was plainly clear to many following May’s Champions League final that Loris Karius simply wasn’t up to the job of being Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper – he had performed solidly in the second half of last season, but dropping two clangers in the final against Real Madrid appeared to be the last straw for Klopp.
And following an error against Tranmere in pre-season, the Liverpool boss then duly splashed out £66.9 million on Brazil international Alisson, who proved during his time at Roma to be one of the best goalkeepers in world football – and he has continued to prove that since moving to Anfield.
Yes, his error against Leicester City a few weeks ago will not have gone unnoticed by many doubters, but on the whole the 25-year-old has brought the sort of calm and trustworthiness to the Reds’ goalkeeping ranks that simply wasn’t there under predecessor Karius – he has made some very important contributions.
And those timely and match-winning contributions were none-more-so evident than against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea on Saturday, with Alisson brilliantly denying Willian before rushing out to thwart Hazard with the Blues a goal up in the second half – both saves were vital in the context of the match.
And while it took something very special from Sturridge to snatch a point for Klopp’s side, it was Alisson’s saves from messrs Willian and Hazard that gave Liverpool the opportunity to find a leveller late on – Sturridge will get the plaudits, but Alisson played just as big a part in the point.
As part of Crooks’ analysis in his Team of the Week selection, it states that Alisson has a save percentage that is only inferior to Bernd Leno and Paulo Gazzaniga so far this season, yet neither of those have played as many matches as the Brazilian – thus, his impact at Anfield has been clear for all to see.
And that is why the Reds spent so much money luring the 25-year-old to Merseyside in the summer, so that a goalkeeper of his calibre is able to come up with vital saves at vital times, and thus help his side win points – Alisson did exactly that on Saturday.
As such, Crooks is so right to suggest that the Brazil international is proving why Klopp broke the bank for his services during the close season.
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