Alisson Becker, Mr. Liverpool steady in search of a quadruple | Liverpool

chelsea would need to be reminded of the role the second Liverpool goalkeeper played in his downfall when the two teams last met at Wembley. Liverpool’s first-choice figure – or “the best goalkeeper in the world”, as Jurgen Klopp described it – puts an even bigger obstacle between Thomas Tuchel’s side and redemption in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

In a four-way chase season featuring 142 goals and a promise for the club, the dazzling influence of Luis Diaz, the global consistency of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and contract doubts surrounding both, the lights are understood to have settled. Only in passing on Alison Becker. However, as the away department at Villa Park realized after Tuesday’s vital win over Aston Villa by chanting the Brazilian’s name long after the final whistle, his contribution to Liverpool’s fantastic season cannot be overstated.

In many ways, the 29-year-old shaped this campaign from the point of their 95th-minute win over West Bromwich Albion last season that kept Klopp’s injured side on track to qualify for the Champions League. “Now let’s try to win it this season and then it will be more special,” Alisson said as he contemplated his striker’s header in August. Liverpool is one step away from fulfilling this very desire.

Alisson’s perfectionism would be upset by his role in Douglas-Luis Levia’s opener and the foul that gave Ole Watkins possession outside the Liverpool penalty area. The irresistible pro of Alisson did not affect his game, however, and two good saves from Danny Ings helped the 2-1 win that kept Liverpool at the tail of Manchester City with two games remaining in the title race.

Douglas Luiz and Son Heung-min’s goal for Tottenham on Saturday kept Alisson waiting for his 21st clean sheet in the Premier League. He has a chance to equal or surpass Liverpool’s Premier League record of 21 – which Alisson scored in his first season with the club in 2018-19 – against Southampton and Wolverhampton next week.

Only Ederson has kept several clean sheets this season, although Alisson has faced more shots and made more than his international teammate and Premier League rival. The good margins between Liverpool and City extend until the battle for the Golden Gloves award. Edward Mendy, who will face Liverpool in the cup final, trails the Brazilians in third place with 14 clean sheets.

Alisson’s 73.7 saves is the second-highest in the Premier League this season behind Jose Sa, who dropped to 74.5% after Wolves were beaten by City on Wednesday. The Liverpool goalkeeper’s save rate inside the penalty area has increased from 58.2% in 2019-20 to around 75% this season. His pass rate has also increased marginally, from 85.5% last season to 86.2%. The stats reflect a goalkeeper at his best but they do not sum up the importance of Alisson to Liverpool.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has kept more clean sheets than Alisson this season. Photography: Richard Lee/Shutterstock

Ings is the latest opposing striker who can guarantee the ex-Roma player’s impressive reputation in a one-on-one match. This ability, bolstered by speed and awareness, gives the Liverpool manager and defenders the confidence to play in the very basic high streak of Klopp’s approach, and to accept the risks that come with it.

Liverpool’s confidence in Alisson was also evident when he was consulted about the appointment of Brazil World Cup winner Claudio Taffarel to the goalkeeper’s coaching staff in November. Klopp explained that the situation is always evolving and the responsibility on Alisson increases.

“When I was a player it was the most important skill [for a goalkeeper] The Liverpool coach said. “You can pass the ball back but that meant the goalkeeper had to use his feet and it was really difficult.

It is clear that he is a center that increases in influence not only in the defensive moments but also in the offensive moments.

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“You see now that a lot of goalkeepers are spending a very long time when they are shooting, which is good for some teams and we use this tactic from time to time as well. But it is more about being involved in reinforcement situations; you can give the ball to the middle half without thinking: ‘Hey My God, what is he doing?” You have to shoot [go long] With directed balls, swapping balls from the side, make the game big — all of those things.”

Chelsea were unable to get past Kawemen Kelleher during the 120 minutes of the Carabao Cup final in February. It was the third draw in three club meetings this season before Keeler scored Liverpool’s final penalty – and Mendy’s 119th-minute substitute, Kepa Arrizabalaga, missed Chelsea – as Klopp’s side won 11-10 in the penalty shootout. Alisson’s return will cement Liverpool’s belief in the second part of their four-legged quest.

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