Alisson Becker: Playing with Liverpool FC stars has made me improve

The Liverpool FC goalkeeper explains how the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have helped him to improve

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC goalkeeper Alisson Becker Photo: Alisson Becker / Instagram

Alisson Becker has revealed that playing with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk has forced the Liverpool FC goalkeeper to improve on one aspect of his game.

The Brazil international has made a solid start to his Liverpool FC career after Alisson completed a £67m switch to the Merseyside outfit from Serie A side AS Roma in the 2018 summer transfer window.

Alisson became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when he sealed his much anticipated move to the 18-time English champions, although Kepa’s £73m move to Chelsea FC from Athletic Bilbao later eclipsed that fee.

Liverpool FC have only conceded four goals in their opening 12 games in the Premier League, as Alisson managed to keep eight clean sheets to help Jurgen Klopp’s men to make a marked improvement at the back.

Alisson has only made one clear-cut mistake since his big-money switch to the Merseyside outfit after the Brazilian shot-stopper conceded possession which led to Leicester City’s goal in Liverpool FC’s 2-1 win at King Power Stadium.

The Brazil international could have done a better to prevent Alexandre Lacazette’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal earlier this month, but Alisson has otherwise been composed in the Liverpool FC goal.

The 26-year-old has been helped by the impressive centre-half partnership between Gomez and Van Dijk, who have helped to protect their summer signing.

And Alisson has admitted that he is learning to remain switched on despite having less work to do in the Liverpool FC goal in the current campaign.

“The Premier League has great intensity, you have to be really focused all the time,” Alisson is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.

“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.

“My team have a really great defence so it is not often the ball comes near my net.

“But I have one or two opportunities to show my quality, so I need to be focused all the time.”

The Liverpool FC goalkeeper had the second best save success rate in Europe last term, behind Jan Oblak but ahead of David De Gea in third.

Alisson’s ability to be creative with the ball at his feet is highlighted by the fact he finished 2017-18 season with 83 per cent distribution accuracy, comfortably more than Oblak and De Gea.

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