Jurgen Klopp has decided not to rotate his goalkeepers in the Champions League this season meaning Alisson will be Liverpool’s first-choice in European competition.
Although the move is to be expected considering Alisson cost Liverpool £62m from Roma in the summer, it does represent a change in policy from Klopp compared to last season.
Simon Mignolet started the 2017-18 season as Liverpool’s No.1 in the Premier League but Loris Karius was preferred during the Champions League group stages.
After Christmas, Karius emerged as Liverpool’s first-choice in both competitions but his display in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid paved the way for Alisson’s arrival.
The news is unlikely to be well received by Mignolet considering he vented his frustration at not being allowed to leave Liverpool in the summer.
Mignolet was unhappy at being denied a move away from Anfield while Karius was allowed to join Besiktas on a two-year loan deal where he will play first-team football.
Last season’s third-choice goalkeeper Danny Ward also left Liverpool in the summer, joining Leicester City for £12m. although he has been unable to dislodge Kasper Schmeichel from the team.
After Mignolet’s public outburst, Klopp said: ‘He is a top professional, a top goalkeeper and of course he is not happy to be number two but at the end there are worse things in the world than being number two – pretty good pay by the way at Liverpool.’
Alisson has played his part in his Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season, keeping three clean sheets in four games and making a crucial late save to deny Pascal Gross in his team’s 1-0 win over Brighton at Anfield last month.
It hasn’t all been plain-sailing for the Brazilian No.1, though, as he was at fault for Leicester’s goal at the weekend when he attempted a Cruyff turn inside his own area, only to lose the ball to Kelechi Iheanacho who squared it to Rachid Ghezzal to score.
That error came a week after Alisson was questioned for his decision to chip the ball over an onrushing Anthony Knockaert after receiving a back-pass.
Liverpool will be looking to go one better in the Champions League this season although they’ve ended up in a daunting group that also contains PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.