I’ve never claimed to be a football expert. I knew, intellectually, the difference that a world class goalkeeper could have on a team, but I don’t think that I really understood it on a literal level until Alisson Becker joined the team. The confidence that his calm presence gives that rest of the defense, and in turn, the rest of the team, has been one of them most revelatory parts for me about watching the season unfold.
Another revelation in the defense, Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose delivery, speed, and football acumen has cemented his position as Klopp’s starting right-back, had some kind words to say about his Brazilian teammate. The young Englishman recognized the importance that the goalkeeper has had in Liverpool’s excellent season.
“Obviously it’s important for any team that wants to be really successful to try to have the best players that they possibly can in all positions and I think Alisson is definitely one of the best in the world in his position. He’s shown that many times already for us,” Alexander-Arnold said in an interview with Goal.
“He’s an incredible player and a really good person off the pitch as well, which is something that’s important for any team and especially us because we like to have a good team bond and he’s fitted in straight away and shown that he can adapt as well. So he’s really changed a lot of things at the club.”
There’s no way to accurately calculate the effect that Alisson has had on this team, but the 17 clean sheets he’s had a hand in are a good start. Hopefully on Sunday he’ll clock lucky number 18 when Liverpool head to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.