If Jurgen Klopp has been constructing a jigsaw puzzle since first arriving at Liverpool, goalkeeper Alisson Becker was the final piece in creating a winning side.
The Brazilian international has been a world-class shot stopper since arriving, allowing Liverpool to play a higher line, and take more attacking risks. And since his arrival, the trophies have rolled in—four in a little over a year, to be precise. Of course, that included the title that has eluded us for three decades, the Premier League.
And now there’s another chance to win some sort of honor, the Community Shield.
“In less than two weeks we have the first challenge [against Arsenal],” Alisson said in an interview with the club’s official website. “It will be great to start the season fighting for a trophy.
“We are here to do our best to prepare for that game – not only for that game, but for the whole season. Everybody is excited for that.
“We are also looking forward to the future when it is possible have the supporters again in the stadium, but for now we have to wait for that moment. I think when that moment arrives, it will be really special.
“We are looking forward to being back in action, to playing games and doing what we love, which is playing football.”
I mean, it’s cool that you want to win things, but the Community Shield isn’t a trophy. Unless you’re a small club like Manchester City.
“The great feeling from winning things gives you the desire to win again, everything,” Alisson continued. :We’ve won the Champions League and we will go for that again; we’ve won the Premier League and we will go for that again.
“We also, of course, won the Super Cup and the Club World Cup, but it is one step after the other. Now we have the preparation, the pre-season, and we have to do our best in this moment.”
Football is a bit weird at the moment.
The Champions League is both starting qualification rounds for 2020/21 and finishing up the semifinals and final this week. The lifeblood of the sport—the fans—are not able to attend. And Liverpool are boss at footy, in a way that they haven’t been since the 1980’s.
Despite it being weird—or in Liverpool’s case, because of it—we’re still looking forward to it kicking off, unofficially on August 29th, and officially on September 12th. Hopefully we’ll all be able to celebrate it together soon.