Alan Shearer says Liverpool are missing the ‘presence’ of Alisson – and the Brazilian stopper’s injury is the reason there have been some nervy defensive moments early on in the campaign.
Against Norwich City on the opening day, the Reds looked a little open, with Alisson only lasting a few minutes in that match.
Then last weekend, Adrian made a big error to gift Danny Ings a goal which thankfully proved insignificant in terms of the result.
Speaking to Coral, Shearer said: “They conceded against Norwich and could have conceded more, they conceded against Southampton, should have conceded more and they got away with the three points at Southampton.
“[Alisson is] a very very good goalkeeper which is why they paid all that money for him as he helped shored up that defence alongside the magnificent Van Dijk, but they’ve had one or two issues.
“They’re trying to play a higher line and they’re trying to come to terms with it, but there’s no doubt about it, they miss his experience and presence in goal.”
Against Arsenal today, the level of test that the Reds are up against will go up a level or two, for sure. Tightening up and conceding fewer opportunities will be absolutely vital in deciding the result.
The Reds will fancy themselves to net a couple at least, but Jurgen Klopp will not want to go back to a scenario where he needs his forwards to score three every week in order to win a game.
The sooner Alisson returns, the better, but it might be another couple of weeks yet, at least.