Alisson has no plans to reign in his dribbling expertise after his superb chip in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.
The Brazilian goalkeeper set his manager’s heart racing as he nonchalantly lobbed the ball over the on-rushing Anthony Knockaert before regaining control and finding the feet of Virgil van Dijk.
It was the first major teaser of the composure and confidence Liverpool forked out £65million for, evidenced by a standing ovation from the Anfield crowd.
Jurgen Klopp admitted shortly after the game that the increase in heart race was purely on the basis that nor he or his players have ever experienced their goalkeeper flaunting such nerve and boldness on the ball.
Reflecting on the incident, Alisson said: “I try my best to help the team in the build-up,” per the Echo’s Ian Doyle.
“If sometimes there is a situation where there is dribbling, I do it carefully. It could be too risky, but it’s part of the game, we are a team that plays from the back with the ball on the ground.”
“That’s part of the team’s characteristics. Mistakes may happen, but we work hard during the week to everything correctly during the matches.”
Klopp: “The Alisson chip was not too cool. I had a few centre halves, like Mats Hummels, who did things like this. Alisson is obviously a very good footballing goalkeeper! I like the save more than the chip!" 😂 pic.twitter.com/q6KUlgSD8N
— Liverpool FC News (@LIVERPO0L_NEWS) August 25, 2018
Three points against Brighton made it three wins out of three to start to the season for Liverpool, notably including three clean-sheets for Alisson.
The former Roma shot-stopper has impressed both on and off the ball over the early weeks of the campaign, flexing not only his widely-praised passing range but also his agility and sharp reflexes.
He has already injected a reassurance to the manner in which Liverpool defend, serving as a commanding presence in set piece scenarios and a reliable distributor from his box.
Whilst it was his chip that made the headlines at the weekend, Alisson was also deserving a credit for a stunning diving save to deny Pascal Gross’ close-range header.
It seems Reds can expect plenty of heart-in-mouth moments with their new no.1 this season.