Another game, another solid goalkeeping performance from Liverpool’s Alisson Becker.
Saturday’s 1-0 win against Brighton saw the Brazilian record his third-consecutive clean sheet after making a number of fantastic saves.
One came against Pascal Gross, whose header was goal-bound but stopped brilliantly by Jurgen Klopp’s £66m summer signing.
Alisson is widely regarded as the missing piece of the puzzle for Liverpool, who hope to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.
Peter Crouch certainly thinks they can: “Liverpool was only my home for three years but I’ve never lost my affinity for the club and their start to the season has me excited.
“I’d love to see them win the title one day. It will go through the roof if they make the final step – and they have got a fantastic chance to do that this year.
“Alisson, the new goalkeeper, was so impressive at Selhurst Park [against Crystal Palace]. His range of passing was outstanding and he made some great saves, too.
ALISSON THE KEY
“Liverpool have got a proper goalkeeper to go with their two proper centre-halves. Virgil Van Dijk got a lot of plaudits but I was just as impressed by Joe Gomez, who has so much assurance.”
Alisson has brought an assuredness in goal for Liverpool, which is in stark contrast to when Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet were rotating between the sticks.
However, there was one nervy moment involving the 25-year-old against Brighton that had Liverpool fans holding their breathes.
In the video below, with Liverpool leading 1-0 in the 68th minute, Alisson comes charging out of goal to intercept the ball and nonchalantly chips it over one of Brighton’s players.
You can't do that Alisson, these guys have families. 🤤 pic.twitter.com/SluINM75ca
— Utkarsh (@UtkarshJos) August 25, 2018
Alisson’s chip sparked huge cheers from the Anfield crowd and truth be told it was a wonderful piece of skill – but Klopp wasn’t too happy about it.
In his post-match interview with BT Sport, the German gave his honest opinion on Alisson’s risky move by saying: “I don’t like the little chip.”
"I don't like the little chip, actually… but I've never had a Brazilian goalkeeper!" 🤣
Jurgen Klopp has had his say on Alisson's performances for Liverpool… 👇 pic.twitter.com/5ozoPaOQ8x
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 25, 2018
When asked by Michael Owen if Alisson is the missing piece, Klopp responded: “Looks like it. The free-kick last week, the header today, the football.
“I don’t like the little chip when he came out of goal actually, but we’ve never had a Brazilian goalkeeper.”
Klopp’s message to Alisson is clear – be brave, but don’t try anything stupid.