LIVERPOOL are using RUGBY tackle bags on keeper Alisson to prepare him for tonight’s clash against Crystal Palace.
Goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has introduced the quirky method to help the Reds’ £65million Brazilian deal with a more physical approach.
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Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp explained: “It is not rugby, it is goalkeeper training.
“When Loris [Karius] came he did it and, of course, Alisson is doing it as well.
“It is normal goalkeeper training. It makes sense to do it because the six-yard area is not a safety box for a goalkeeper.
“We have these situations in training constantly when we do set pieces and the box is full with 22 players. Maybe 22 is a bit much, but certainly 15.
“It is busy, we do it often so that the goalkeeper gets used to that. It is all about timing.
“We will see how that is, but first of all we brought him here because of the things that he is already good at.”
Klopp’s men are favourites to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title after their £176m spending spree this summer.
The pressure is on former Roma stopper Alisson, 25, to perform after replacing calamity keeper Loris Karius at Liverpool.
He has already kept one clean sheet in their 4-0 opening win against West Ham.
But Klopp insists expectation lies with his team and not an individual.
The German said: “We have to help him too in situations. There is not just one player responsible for something – we have to have the right formation around set pieces.
“It is not solely about Alisson, but the whole team.”