Alisson Becker: The Brazilian Wall
Standing at 6ft 4in, Alisson Ramses Becker was impenetrable at times for Roma last season and now the Brazilian shot-stopper has caught the eye of a certain Jürgen Klopp.
Despite his hefty asking price, rumored to be around the €70m mark, there is no doubt that Alisson certainly offers a more secure option between the sticks for the Reds than current ‘goalkeeper’ Loris Karius.
I’m sure the criticisms of Karius are perhaps bordering on unfair, but when you go into a Champions League final seemingly forgetting how to ‘goalkeep’, you probably are going to get a hefty backlash, which he did, and which he is still getting (Not helping yourself Loris! We saw what happened at Tranmere).
Alisson, on the other hand, is Roma and Brazil’s number one, keeping out Manchester City starlet Ederson Moraes, something easier said than done. His perpetual ability as a shot stopper as well as a fine distributor of the ball is the true embodiment of the modern day goalkeeper and of course, entices many a top European club. At 25 years old, there is still plenty more to see as he reaches his prime…
Compared With The Best
David De Gea, Gianluigi Buffon, and Jan Oblak. Three of the world’s best goalkeepers, Oblak also being linked with a trip to Merseyside. How does Alisson fare compared to a man who was part of an Atletico side that only conceded four league home goals by May? Thanks to Squawka, we took a look.
Starting attacks and finding your man from distance is crucial for a goalkeeper in today’s game and, at a top club, often determines your starting place (as Joe Hart found out at City). From the three keepers mentioned, not one of them is better at picking out their teammates than the Brazilian number one, who found a Roma player 83% of the time last season. Spanish cat David De Gea could only find the red of United 61% of the time.
The reason they have the gloves on. Trying their best to make sure that round object doesn’t end up behind them. Jan Oblak, of course, heads the way for clean sheets (21 last campaign). I’m sure having the imperial Diego Godín in front of him has something to do with that, but nonetheless, you have to say not bad. Alisson comes in second place with 15 last season, but that doesn’t really measure a man in my eyes.
What does though is the number of saves per goal. Again Mr Oblak is there leading the front (Just go for him Liverpool). Once again Alisson is on his tail, averaging 3.5 saves per goal conceded, really not bad considering the quality of some of the strikers he has come up against in the Serie A.
I think it is fair to say that Alisson Ramses Becker is up there with the best right now and would be a coup for any team that managed to get their hands on him. A large sum of money may accompany his arrival, but don’t fear, because this boy will produce.