While Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Norwich City yesterday would seem to be the perfect way to open the new Premier League season to most, Alisson Becker saw plenty of areas where the Reds could improve on their performance.
“We can improve a lot of things,” the Brazilian goalkeeper told Sky Sports after the win. “I think in all aspects we can improve. More consistency during the game.”
Alisson noticed some errors that he chalked up to not playing a competitive match together for nearly three months.
“I think we made a lot of mistakes that I believe is normal in this period of the season - everybody is coming from a long pre-season except for me, Bobby [Roberto Firmino] and Fab [Fabinho], maybe Hendo [Jordan Henderson], the boys who played the final for the national teams.”
The shot-stopper didn’t go full Debbie Downer though. He was happy to see that the squad created chances and kept the home side off the score sheet.
“We have really, really good moments and really good opportunities to make the score as it was and the clean sheet too, we just have to improve, more and more.”
He was also thrilled to have Virgil van Dijk and Joël Matip back in the line-up after playing with patchwork defensive lines for the majority of last season.
“Really good to have all of the players back, Joël, Virg, everyone fit. We are sad because Robbo [Andy Robertson] is not in but hopefully soon he’ll be back with us but it’s really, really good to have Virgil and Joël back in front of me. They give a sense of safety behind.”
The Brazilian also addressed that impressive triple save late in the match that helped preserve the clean sheet.
“It was needed, keeping the clean sheet. I think the save doesn’t affect the result if I don’t make it but it was good to make it, it feels like scoring in the last minute,” he said with a grin and a chuckle.
That last bit is, of course, a reference to his heroic match winning goal against West Brom back in May, and who can really blame him for mentioning that at every given opportunity?
Though he was quite clear that he would like to see his team improve on the performance, Alisson was quick to point out that at the end of the day he is always ready to to do his job as the last line of defense.
“It’s always important to be ready when the team needs you. It could be 1-0 and the save will have the same importance and I’m always ready to help the boys. I’m focusing on doing my job and if needed I’ll be there to help the team, no matter how, but I’m happy that they scored today.”