By Connor Varnish – @cvarn4
Goalkeeping troubles have plagued the Reds for what feels like a decade with keepers coming in and out of the team since a certain Spaniard previously from Villarreal left the Reds in 2013.
While many have tried to fill the gloves of our bald-headed cult hero, Pepe Reina, almost all of them have failed in cementing their position as Liverpool’s No.1.
Along comes Alisson Becker. Liverpool acquired the 26-year-old shot-stopper from Roma following his impressive season in Serie A where he was instrumental in the Italian side’s run to the Champions League semi-final.
The Brazilian, of course, met his match when the Reds put an overwhelming seven goals past him over the two-legged tie to kill his and Roma’s hopes of a Champions League final appearance in Kiev.
A year later, and things are looking much rosier for the ‘keeper. With a Champions League final still to play, Alisson Becker stands alone in England with 21 clean sheets to his name – enough to claim the Golden Glove award for most clean sheets in the 2018/19 Premier League season.
The Brazilian currently sports the No.13 across his back as Liverpool technically still employ a German who owns the shirt – although his talents have been loaned to Turkish club Besiktas for the next season at the very least.
News broke late mid April that Alisson will inherit the No.1 shirt at the start of the 2019/20 season – a fitting honour considering his contribution towards Liverpool’s league-leading defence this season.
The goalkeeping position has been a tough one to crack for Liverpool in recent years, but I think it’s fair to say Alisson has stepped up massively and has proven himself worth every penny following his transfer from Roma last summer exceeding £66m. Should the Brazilian continue at this level he’ll undoubtedly make the No.1 shirt his own for many more seasons to come.
He will become the eighth goalkeeper to wear the famous shirt for Liverpool in the Premier League era. as a tribute, here’s a little ‘who am I’ quiz – we’ll give you a statement, and all you have to do is guess which ‘keeper would say it!
It’s a toughie, so anything over half marks is seriously impressive. Good luck!