Has Alisson improved Liverpool or is it all hype?

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 5 The Leicester game has been Alisson’s worst moment as a Liverpool player so far Alisson has not been a bad signing but has he really justified his £67million price tag yet?There have been a couple of decent saves, a good performance in the league against Chelsea and even an eye-catching out-field chip against Brighton but nothing that has really set the pulses racing.The signing of Alisson has not stopped the mistakes in Liverpool’s goalmouth either.His frankly ridiculous attempt to dribble the ball back into his box led to him conceding a comical goal against Leicester, which almost cost Liverpool a valuable win. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Van Dijk is arguably Liverpool’s most important player Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 5 It’s still difficult to tell if Alisson will be a success at Liverpool However, how much Alisson has actually contributed to this drastic improvement is up for debate.Pretty much every Liverpool supporter would agree that the driving force behind their defensive improvement has been Virgil van Dijk.Van Dijk has not only improved his own game but he’s helped the rest of the Liverpool defenders move up a level through his outstanding leadership skills.The Reds went on an excellent run of nine home matches in the Premier League without conceding a goal starting from February 2018, shortly after the Dutchman arrived at the club. Karius’ Liverpool career looks finished after his disastrous performance in the Champions League final tense Even Klopp acknowledged that Alisson’s ambitious play on the ball was going to have consequences.Alisson’s form in Liverpool’s most recent matches should be a cause for concern too.During the Reds’ 1-1 draw at Arsenal last weekend, Alisson rushed out of goal to try and claim a ball he was never going to get to. Moments later, Alexandre Lacazette scored.Lacazette’s finish was excellent and the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold could have done more before he got his shot away but Alisson’s recklessness arguably gave the Gunners striker an opportunity that wouldn’t have been on if the Reds keeper had stayed on his goal-line. revealed And Alisson should have done better during Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat at Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night, failing to keep out Milan Pavkov’s long-distance strike despite getting a hand to the shot.These errors have not cost Liverpool games to nearly the same extent as Karius cost last season’s Champions League final.However, despite once being labelled as “the goalkeeper of the future” by Roma president Eusebio di Francesco, these errors by Alisson are brutal reality check.One thing is for sure – contrary to the huge hype that came with his arrival on Merseyside – Alisson is a human that makes mistakes like the rest of us. The dust has finally settled with regards to Alisson’s arrival at Liverpool, so now it’s time to look at how he’s performed for the club so far.Liverpool were in desperate need of a new goalkeeper following Loris Karius’ nightmare performance in their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. And fair do’s to Jurgen Klopp and the Reds hierarchy – they made a tough decision to offload the flaky Karius to Besiktas and spent big on a glovesman in the hope of helping Liverpool reach the next level.Brazilian Alisson came in July to the delight of Kopites, who were convinced Liverpool had finally bought a keeper they could rely on.He appeared to make an immediate impact, impressing a number of Reds fans on Twitter during his full debut in a pre-season friendly win against Napoli.And the Reds have looked far more competent in defence this season, conceding just five goals in eleven Premier League games compared with 17 at this stage last season. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST 5 latest Most Popular Football News 5 BEST OF Liverpool have a much tighter defence than last season scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos SORRY gameday cracker 5 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more