‘World’s Best’ Alisson: The Goalkeeper Who Transformed Liverpool

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 17, 2022, Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates at the end of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England.  (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) 

 

 

Jurgen Klopp surveyed the wreckage of Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid and responded with a transformative swoop for Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Without Alisson’s prodigious contributions to the Liverpool cause, including a vital goal last season, Klopp’s side would not be preparing for Saturday’s revenge mission against the Spanish champions in Paris.

Liverpool’s agonising loss to Real four years ago was an especially bitter pill for Klopp to swallow as his hand-picked keeper, Loris Karius, was largely to blame for the 3-1 defeat.

Klopp signed Karius from Mainz and made him first choice ahead of Simon Mignolet, but the German never convinced and his Champions League meltdown in Kiev proved the final straw.

Minutes after half-time, with the score at 0-0, Karius inexplicably threw the ball against Karim Benzema and watched helplessly as the ball rolled behind him into the empty net.

Liverpool were still in the game at 2-1 down with seven minutes left, but Karius then fumbled Gareth Bale’s long-range shot into the net to seal Real’s victory.

Just weeks later, Klopp signed Alisson from Roma for a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper of around £67 million ($84 million).

While Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk have been Liverpool’s most influential stars in the Klopp era, Alisson’s impact cannot be understated.

Goalkeepers have always been revered at Liverpool, with a mural for 1970s great Ray Clemence adorning a house wall near Anfield.

Alisson, 29, deserves to be ranked among Liverpool’s all-time greats between the posts and Klopp has no doubts about his quality.

“Alisson Becker is the best goalkeeper in the world for me,” the Liverpool boss said earlier this season. “There are top goalies out there but this keeper is insane.

The Brazilian’s fingerprints are all over some of Liverpool’s biggest moments in recent years.

 

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 14, 2022, Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker saves the shot by Chelsea’s English midfielder Mason Mount during penalty session of the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at Wembley Stadium, in London. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP)

 

‘I would have paid double’

Just months after his arrival on Merseyside, Alisson made a phenomenal stoppage-time save against Napoli in December 2018.

Heading into their final Champions League group stage match, the Reds knew only a win with a clean sheet or victory by two clear goals would secure progression to the knockout stages.

But, as Liverpool clung onto a one-goal lead, Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik looked certain to send them crashing out when he found himself one-on-one with Alisson.

However, the goalkeeper produced a wonderful stop with his feet to earn a spot in the last 16, moving Klopp to say: “If I knew Alisson was this good, I would have paid double. The save he made, I have no words for that.”

Liverpool went on to win the Champions League that season, beating Tottenham in the final to give Alisson the first major prize of his career in Europe.

A year later Liverpool won the Premier League, becoming English champions for the first time since 1990, with their goalkeeper again a model of consistency.

Klopp’s men struggled to defend the title and were battling to secure a Champions League berth when Alisson produced a dramatic intervention against West Bromwich Albion in May 2021.

Liverpool were drawing 1-1 at the Hawthorns with seconds left when Alisson jogged forward and nonchalantly headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner into the net for a remarkable winner.

Coming just three months after the tragic death of his father, he saw the goal as a moment of divine intervention.

“I’m too emotional” Alisson said. “I’m sure he is celebrating with God at his side. God placed his hand on my head.”

 

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) congratulates Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker at the end of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 22, 2022. –  (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)  

 

Alisson has been no less imperious this term during Liverpool’s chase for an unprecedented quadruple, a quest that was ended on Sunday when Manchester City pipped them to the Premier League title.

He had 20 league clean-sheets to his name this season and saved Mason Mount’s effort in Liverpool’s recent penalty shootout victory against Chelsea in the FA Cup final, paving the way for Kostas Tsimikas to score the winning spot-kick.

Should Liverpool be crowned European champions for a seventh time this weekend, it would be no surprise if Alisson delivers another signature moment.

Goalkeeper Alisson Scores Winner As Liverpool Beat West Brom

Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with his teammates during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on May 16, 2021. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / POOL / AFP)

 

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored a 95th minute winner as the Reds beat West Brom 2-1 on Sunday to keep a place in next season’s Champions League in their own hands.

Jurgen Klopp’s men would have needed favours from Leicester and Chelsea in their final two games of the campaign had they failed to beat the already relegated Baggies.

But the Brazilian was sent forward for a corner deep into stoppage time and headed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery.

Liverpool moved one point behind fourth-placed Chelsea and three behind Leicester.

With Leicester and Chelsea still to face off in a repeat of the FA Cup final, won 1-0 by the Foxes on Saturday, victories over Burnley and Crystal Palace will take Liverpool into the top four.

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Alisson’s father died in February after drowning in a swimming accident in his native Brazil.

“It’s too emotional. For these past months for everything that happened to me, to my family, but football is my life,” Alisson told Sky Sports.

“I play since I remember with my father. I hope he was here to see it, but I am sure he saw it with God on his side and is celebrating.”

A first victory away to Manchester United in seven years on Thursday kept Liverpool’s top-four fate in their own hands.

And after injuries ravaged their Premier League title defence, Klopp may feel his luck finally turned in a thrilling finale at the Hawthorns.

West Brom thought they had gone 2-1 up with 20 minutes to go when Kyle Bartley bundled home a corner.

The Baggies captain was onside, but Matt Philipps was deemed to have obstructed Alisson’s view from an offside position.

“Everything is kind of our season in a nutshell,” said Klopp.

“We do a lot of good stuff, get punished for the first mistake and then have to work like crazy. I liked it because nobody got over the top, we kept playing football and had the best chances in the last five minutes.”

Klopp has had to cope without any of his senior centre-backs for months after a series of injuries and the inexperienced pairing of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams were easily troubled early on.

Hal Robson-Kanu latched onto a simple long ball forward on 15 minutes with Phillips playing the Welsh striker onside and he coolly slotted home his first Premier League goal since 2017.

Sadio Mane reacted angrily to being dropped in midweek as he shrugged off Klopp at full-time as the German celebrated victory against United.

The Senegalese returned in Diogo Jota’s absence through injury, but his poor form showed little signs of improving as he side-footed a glorious chance wide from Thiago Alcantara’s cut-back.

Thankfully for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah has remained deadly in front of goal and he fired home his 31st of the season to level on 33 minutes from the edge of the box.

Roberto Firmino then hit the post as the visitors ended the first-half on top.

Even when Mane did find the net early in the second period he was denied by the offside flag.

West Brom had more reason to complain when Bartley’s goal was controversially ruled out.

Chances continued to come and go for the visitors as Alexander-Arnold blasted over before Sam Johnstone denied Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum curled just wide.

But the most unlikely source came up with the winner as West Brom were caught napping from Alisson’s late run into the box to meet Alexander-Arnold’s corner.

“In the end we needed Ali to sort it,” added Klopp.

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Liverpool Goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s Father Drowns In Brazil

 

Father of Liverpool’s shot-stopper, Alisson Becker, has reportedly drowned in a lake near his holiday home in Brazil.

Jose Becker, who had been swimming at a dam on his property was reported missing to local police on Wednesday evening.

The 53-year-old’s body was later discovered after a thorough search by the Cacapava do Sul Fire Department later at 11:59 pm

Police authorities in the town of Lavras do Sul, have told media sources that no foul play was suspected and as such will be treated as an accident.

Jose was a goalkeeper himself at the amateur level, representing Rio Grande do Sul, and provided a great influence on his sons.

Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 20, 2021.
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Brazilian club giants, Sao Paulo took to their Twitter account to sympathise with Alisson and his younger brother which reads

“With much regret, Sao Paulo FC receives the sad news of the death of Jose  Agostinho Becker. father of goalkeepers Alisson and Muriel.Our condolences and solidarity with the two athletes and their families.A lot of strength and a lot of light right now.”

 

Fliminesze FC, the club side of Alisson’s elder brother, Muriel Becker also sent out their condolences via their Twitter platform

“The Fluminese Football Club deeply regrets the passing of Jose Agostinho Becker father of goalkeepers Muriel and Alisson. We wish all the strength to friends and family.”

 

Alisson, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, joined Liverpool from AS Roma in a record-breaking deal worth £67 million in the summer of 2018.

Klopp Defends Allison After Disastrous Performance Against Man City

Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker reacts after conceding their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 7, 2021.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has come to the defence of goalkeeper Alisson Becker after two crucial mistakes gifted the Manchester City side victory at Anfield.

Alisson was guilty of two misplaced passes in a space of three minutes which allowed Gundogan to grab a second goal after Mohammed Salah had restored parity from the penalty spot and then Raheem Sterling to make it 3-1.

”We made two massive mistakes, everyone saw them 3-1 down in a game that we were even for a long time and you’re really down, it’s tough to take and then there’s a genius situation where they scored the fourth goal,” Klopp said in a post-match interview.

 

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 7, 2021. Manchester City won the game 4-1.
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The German though reluctant to speak on the Brazilian’s errors that cost his side the game blamed it on the shot-stopper having cold feet

”We can’t hide them (the Alisson mistakes), we don’t have to talk around it. It’s true as well. We didn’t give a lot of options, especially in the first goal. In the second goal he just mishit the ball,” he said

“There’s no real reason, maybe he had cold feet. It sounds funny but could be.”

While saddened by the match outcome, he insisted there were a lot of positives to take from the Reds’ performance.

”Really good football, I see in your eyes, you see it differently. I really liked it, we were playing really good football against City,” he said.

City’s 4-1 victory moves them to 50 points from 22 games played, five more than second-placed Manchester United who have played a game more.

The win ended a seventeen-year winless record at Anfield which saw Nicholas Anelka net a brace against the then Gérard  Houllier’s side.

Liverpool are now 10 points behind City in fourth spot and next face Leicester City as they hope to get back to winning ways.

Alisson Ruled Out Of Liverpool’s Atletico Showdown

Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker waits to receive medical attention during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 9, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker will miss Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid after suffering a hip injury.

Alisson sustained the muscle problem in training this week and was sidelined for Liverpool’s FA Cup fifth-round defeat at Chelsea on Tuesday.

Scans confirmed the 27-year-old will be out for at least a week, starting with the leaders’ Premier League match against Bournemouth on Saturday and including next week’s last-16 second leg with Atletico.

Champions League holders Liverpool face Atletico at Anfield trailing 1-0 after the first leg in Spain.

Klopp hopes the injury is not serious, but he admitted Alisson may not return until after the international break later in March.

“Unfortunately Ali is out. He had a little incident in training before the Chelsea game,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.

“We all thought it was nothing and it was clear he would not play anyway, the plan was he was on the bench.

“There, we thought, ‘Come on, we don’t have to take any risks’ so left him out of the squad.

“There was a scan the next day and they found something. So now he is out. We will see next week for sure and then we will see.

“Next week no, that means Atletico. I don’t want to say no (to the Merseyside derby on March 16) but I don’t know if he will be available.

“He is not available for tomorrow and then the next week. We have to judge the situation anew.

“I would say after the international break 100 per cent. Whatever we can get before that, we will see.”

With Alisson sidelined, Liverpool will have to rely on reserve ‘keeper Adrian, whose mistake led to Chelsea’s opening goal for Willian on Tuesday.

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Liverpool Keeper Alisson Out For ‘Next Few Weeks’

Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker waits to receive medical attention during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on August 9, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been ruled out for “the next few weeks” by boss Jurgen Klopp after suffering a calf injury in the 4-1 win over Norwich.

Alisson limped off in the first half of Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Anfield on Friday.

Klopp revealed on Monday that he does not expect the 26-year-old Brazil international to be available for several weeks.

“Not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.

“I don’t want to make now an exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be Wednesday for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes a while, it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see.

“I saw already like ‘six weeks’ and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.”

Alisson was replaced by experienced Spaniard Adrian against Norwich. The former West Ham keeper, who joined on a free transfer last week, is likely to keep his place for Liverpool’s European Super Cup date with Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Third-choice Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher is not fully fit after a broken wrist, so the club are reportedly considering signing 35-year-old former Middlesbrough player Andy Lonergan on a free transfer.

Lonergan was part of Liverpool’s pre-season tour as cover for their other keepers.

The European champions return to domestic action at Southampton on Saturday.

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, speaking after the Norwich game, insisted Adrian will prove a quality deputy for Alisson.

“His experience is the main thing, he knows what he is doing. He’s played a load of games, so he knows what it is about,” Alexander-Arnold said.

“Obviously when a keeper has to come off, it’s never too promising, so, yes, I think everyone needs to get their head around the fact that he probably will be our keeper for the next few weeks and if so, then we have to live with that, embrace that and I’m sure he will learn from us.

“We will be able to make good connections with him and I think a lot of the lads have made bonds with him already because he’s such a good lad off the pitch.”