Growing up, my dad, a nice Jewish guy from New York, was obsessed with bluegrass and country music. That meant every morning on the way to school, the radio was tuned to WPOC, the country station in Baltimore. I have to admit, I grudgingly picked up some of his musical tastes through diffusion. I have come here to admit that I was a country fan through college.
One of the songs that sticks with me is Alan Jackson’s Remember When. It seems appropriate these days, if for the title alone.
Remember when Liverpool last played? It was about a month and a week ago, that disastrous loss to Atletico Madrid in extra time. It feels like a lifetime ago.
Remember when Alisson Becker was last fit? It was February 29, the epic collapse against Watford.
After that not so great jaunt down memory lane, I am here to bring you some good news at least. When Liverpool next play, whenever that may be, Alisson Becker is likely to be fit and ready to step between the posts. Between recording videos for the Safe Hands initiative, Alisson has been training hard at home.
“He sent videos, doing some jumping and exercises,” said John Achterberg, goalkeeping coach extraordinaire. “Obviously, we were working with him until the lockdown and he was basically fit.”
Well, that’s a little bit of brightness during these gloomy times. Achterberg continued on to talk about now the training routines were focused on maintaining fitness.
“Now it’s for him to maintain it in the house, like the other goalkeepers. They all get their programmes from the fitness department so they will do the job and the work to try to stay as fit as they can, like all the other players as well.”
Alisson seems to be taking those sentiments to heart. Here is a video of him maintaining his distribution by throwing a ball very accurately at his house.
So, Alisson Becker is fit and raring to go it seems. Hopefully we can sometime soon say “remember when Liverpool won the league with Alisson in goal?”