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The Unflappable Alisson Becker

Alisson Becker – Early Career and Abilities

  • Born to a family of German Descent
  • Started career playing as a Goalkeeper for Sport Club Internacional (Brazilian Campeonato Gaúcho Série A1 Club)
  • Renowned for being calm under pressure and commanding his defence very well
  • Blessed with impeccable Goalkeeping Techniques: anticipation, composure, intelligence, positional sense especially to deal with high balls
  • Ability to stretch his dive to ensure that the ball is been kept away from the net (thus, producing also astonishing saves)
  • Gifted with Excellent “Cat” like Reflexes and superb reading of the game
  • Brilliant at saving shots (both long range and close range)
  • Ability to be a sweeper by coming off the line
  • Contribute to build-up of the possession and instigate attacks with his flawless distribution
  • Replaced the ageing “Dida” (Nélson de Jesus Silva) and thereby, forcing him into retirement (by becoming the first choice Goalkeeper)
  • Continued with several eye catching performances

 

Alisson Becker – A.S. Roma Career

  • Joined A.S. Roma around July 2016 and became the understudy for Wojciech Szczęsny (despite Alisson’s undeniable World Class Goalkeeping abilities)
  • Grown frustrated with the lack of playing opportunities during the first season
  • Became the first choice goalkeeper (after Wojciech Szczęsny joined Juventus F.C.)
  • Made debut in the second season in Italian Serie A and played in the Champions League 2017-18 Season
  • During Champions League 2017-18 Season, he didn’t concede a single goal until the semi finals v Liverpool Fc (The Reds)
  • Felt the power of Anfield (which would later have a major influence in deciding his future) during that match
  • Continued with more brilliant performances that caught the attention of several elite clubs

 

Alisson Becker – Reds Career (so far)

  • Loris Karius had a calamitous Champions League 2017-18 Final with several other high profile errors (before, during and after the match)
  • With a heightened sense of urgency, the Reds prioritised their search for a new goalkeeper
  • Alisson joined the Reds around July 2018 to replace the unreliable goalkeepers (Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet)
  • Became the most expensive goalkeeper (until Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea for under £72 Million)
  • Despite accumulating 97 Points, the Reds missed out the Premier League 2018-19 title to Manchester by 1 Point
  • Won the Premier League’s Golden Glove Award 2018-19
  • Was greatly instrumental in overcoming FC Barcelona in the Champions League 2018-19 semi finals
  • Won the Champions League 2018-19 Title with the Reds
  • Having already established as Brazil’s first choice goalkeeper, he helped Brazil win the Copa America 2019 and was awarded the tournament’s Best Goalkeeper
  • Won the Yashin Trophy and The Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2019 Award
  • Helped the Reds win the FIFA Club World Cup 2019
  • Played a significant part in helping the Reds to win their first top flight English Title in 30 Years

 

Verdict: Alisson’s World Class Talent is undeniable. With more likely personal accolades and break other goalkeeping records, the Brazilian International is bound to win more trophies with a young hungry Reds squad.

Under Jürgen Klopp, Alisson has not just become the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle of the German Tactician’s Reds squad but also became the focal point of the impenetrable Reds defence (alongside Virgil Van Dijk).

 

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