If it were not for Alisson, Liverpool would likely be in the Europa League by now and around third or fourth in the Premier League table.
But with the Brazilian, we’re in the Champions League knockout stages for the second consecutive season and are currently top of the Premier League, ahead of the ‘world’s best side’ Manchester City…
We can tell you this just from the eye-test of watching Alisson week in, week out, but the official stats back it up.
According to Opta, a normal goalkeeper would have been expected to let in EIGHT more goals across the two competitions than Alisson, whose six conceded in the Premier League so far is a new record low for English football after 16 games.
8 – Based on Opta's xG model, the average goalkeeper would have conceded eight more goals than Alisson has for Liverpool in the Premier League & Champions League combined in 2018-19. Wall. pic.twitter.com/H9rdXdXZoC
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 12, 2018
His performance last night was superb, but he hasn’t put a foot wrong for weeks.
When he’s busy, he dominates proceedings, vocally leads his defence and maintains our possession with his kicking skills; and when he’s quiet, he stays concentrated until the one situation where we need him.