Liverpool sign a decent goalkeeper and instantly have the best defensive record in the Premier League.
Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. But one would be hard pressed to deny the influence Alisson Becker has had on Liverpool’s defensive solidity. Calamity errors associated with Liverpool in previous seasons are now a thing of the past. The man himself mostly seems to credit his team mates.
“The big secret of our defence is that the whole team works together”, Alisson told the official Liverpool magazine, as reported by The Mirror.
“It’s not just about the backline, it’s not just about the midfield – even the attackers will come back, like Firmino, to defend inside our own area. Mane sacrifices a lot to help with the marking. Salah helps with pressing, which starts way up top. If we fail up top, then we’ll have problems at the back. When something goes wrong, we all stay focused.
“We have our objective clearly in front of us, which is to win the game. With a clean sheet, we are one step closer to winning.”
Discussing the title race, Alisson was dismissive of suggestions that Liverpool were under pressure, arguing that regardless of the table, “our approach is the same. We take things game by game without worrying about what our opponents are doing.
“Everyone wants to win this league but at Liverpool our concern is only on winning games and not dropping points. We don’t think about Manchester City or Tottenham, we think about ourselves. We only think about what we can do and how things are moving forward.
“Of course, we believe that we can win the league. We’ve shown this season that we can be good enough and we’re going to keep working hard to show this in the games that are still to come.”
Time will tell if this mentality is correct, but it’s all the right things you want to hear. Let’s keep going and push for the league all the way.