Alisson’s pass map vs Crystal Palace is magnificent

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Alisson flexed his passing range in teasing fashion on Monday night as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace to start the new season with successive victories.

The Brazilian shot-stopper conducted himself with a striking tranquility in front of a typically boisterous Selhurst Park crowd.

Having rarely been called into action against West Ham on the opening weekend, Liverpool’s £65million signing was handed his first real challenging contest in English football by a talented Palace team.

Besides comfortably handing any shots or crosses that came his way, the former Roma man showcased the composure on the ball that fuelled his once world record price tag.

In Alisson, Liverpool had a reliable foundation to entrust with the ball whilst under pressure and when striving to transform defence into attack from as deep as their own box.

The 25-year-old completed 21 of his 23 passes, including a handful of perfectly-weighted long balls to his teammates in the final third.

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One incident saw Alisson receive the ball from Sadio Mane inside his own six-yard box just seconds after defending a corner, before finding the Roberto Firmino on left-hand side with his weaker foot.

Not once did he flinch under the pressure of a Palace forward, instead offering himself as something of a quarterback for his teammates to run receiver routes for.

Any suggestions of him being a one-dimensional keeper that prides himself entirely on his ability on the ground were partially diminished by fine saves to deny Luka Milivojević’s goal-bound free-kick and Christian Benteke’s towering header.

His mere presence injected an immediate reassurance to the way Liverpool defended, complimenting Virgil van Dijk’s formidable performance at the back.

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