A safe pair of hands.
That’s all Liverpool have asked for since Pepe Reina’s heyday.
In Alisson they finally have their man, with the Brazilian shot stopper a vital reason why the Reds currently top the table with the best defensive statistics in the league.
It’s a far cry from the doom and gloom from last season, with Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher emphasising on Monday Night Football just how far they’ve come.
Last season Jurgen Klopp’s side effectively managed a top four finish with relegation standard goalkeepers in Tweedledee and Tweedledum, aka Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.
Mignolet and Karius unconvincingly jostled for the number one spot throughout the 2017/18 campaign, registering a save percentage of 64%.
Statistics show that was ranked 19th – or second worst – in the entire Premier League.
Compare that with this season where Alisson ranks first with a save percentage of 86% and it’s blatant just how much of a vast upgrade he has been.
Even more damning for Mignolet and Karius is the fact Liverpool conceded just 7.4 shots per game on average last season – the second lowest in the league – yet still conceded so many goals.
In other words, the defence was doing their bit only for the goalkeepers to let them down pretty emphatically.
Karius’ high profile Champions League horror show saw him duly loaned out to Beskitas, while Mignolet is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football this season.
Ruthless, but a step Liverpool had to take if they were to turn from title dreamers into contenders.
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