Alisson Becker opens up about pressure of Liverpool FC price tag
The Liverpool FC goalkeeper discusses the pressure of playing with a £67m price tag
Alisson Becker has lifted the lid on the pressure that the Liverpool FC number one feels under to justify his price tag at Anfield.
The Brazil international moved to Liverpool FC in a £67m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the 2018 summer transfer window.
Alisson’s transfer fee initially set a new world record for a goalkeeper before Chelsea FC spent £73m on Athletic Bilbao shot stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 26-year-old was signed to replace Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool FC goal after the former Germany Under-21 international made two big mistakes in a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final back in May.
The South American goalkeeper has made a strong start to his Liverpool FC career after conceding four times in 12 games in the Premier League to help Jurgen Klopp’s side secure the second best defensive record in the Premier League.
Alisson has kept eight clean sheets after Liverpool FC were 2-0 winners against promoted side Fulham at Anfield last weekend ahead of the international break.
The Liverpool FC number one was guilty of a mistake in a 2-1 win at Leicester City in September before Alisson was partly at fault for Alexandre Lacazette’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal earlier this month.
Alisson, who spent two seasons at AS Roma, has opened up about how he is managing to cope with the pressure of being Liverpool FC’s £67m goalkeeper.
“I came here for a high price and some people expect me to be perfect – it is not easy but I’m trying,” Alisson is quoted as saying by Goal.
“It is really early to say if I’m satisfied with how I’m playing but I’m working to be perfect, I’m working to be better.
“I am really, really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals and also for the Brazil national team.”
Liverpool FC conceded 38 times in 38 games in the Premier League last season to make some defensive improvements but their goalkeepers, Karis and Mignolet, remained the big problem.
Alisson’s arrival has helped to complement their talismanic centre-half Virgil van Dijk, who secured a switch to Liverpool FC in a club record £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.