The introduction of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson may have helped shore up Liverpool's defensive unit - but since the turn of the year cracks have begun
The introduction of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson may have helped shore up Liverpool’s defensive unit – but since the turn of the year cracks have begun to appear.
Liverpool sit top of the table, three points clear of Manchester City, and have conceded fewer goals (15) than any side in the division.
But they are without a win in their last two matches and Alisson has kept just one clean sheet so far in 2019.
Liverpool’s £65million goalkeeper Alisson has kept just one clean sheet so far in 2019
The Brazilian watches as Michail Antonio’s shot secures a West Ham equaliser on Monday
The Brazilian, who joined Liverpool from Roma over the summer for £65million, has conceded from 7 of the 11 shots on target he has faced in the Premier League this year.
No keeper from the traditional ‘Big Six’ has conceded more league goals in that time and Alisson has also saved only 36.4 per cent of all shots he has faced in the Premier League in 2019.
That means the world’s second-most expensive goalkeeper has the lowest save percentage of anyone who has made at least three Premier League appearances since the turn of the year.
Alisson has saved only 36.4 per cent of all shots he has faced in the Premier League in 2019
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been hit by a defensive injuries to the likes of Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
And following the Reds’ draw with West Ham on Monday, Van Dijk admitted: ”All the players who’ve come in have enough quality to do the job – but when you have a back four that doesn’t change that’s maybe a little bit easier.’
‘We take it game by game, we’re still top of the league. We’re still in the race…so we need to be our best for the rest of the season.’