Today's Top Words:
chelsea lampard luiz against p arsenal premier had liverpool frank season first united burnley would
Alisson was outstanding for Liverpool last season and Adrian has some big gloves to fill

Below is a summary of the full article. Click here for the full version or go back to Chelsea Live

Alisson topped the charts for clean sheets, fewest goals conceded and save percentage in the Premier League last season... Adrian has some big gloves to fill in his injury absenceLiverpool have been dealt a blow by goalkeeper Alisson's calf injury Brazilian stopper is set to be sidelined until the end of September with the issueAlisson enjoyed a storming first season at Anfield after £65m move from RomaHe helped them to Champions League glory, making vital saves in the finalAlisson topped a number of stats tables with his Premier League displaysNew boy Adrian will have to perform well in his absence in the coming weeks 

As Liverpool try and figure out what extra they need to do in order to usurp Manchester City this season, they have already been dealt a big blow.

The news that their goalkeeper Alisson Becker will be sidelined for 'a few weeks' with a calf injury will be met with a quiet consternation at Anfield.

The Brazilian will likely be out of action until the end of September, missing key Premier League fixtures against Arsenal and Chelsea, plus the beginning of their Champions League defence.

Liverpool have been dealt a blow with goalkeeper Alisson sidelined for a number of weeks

The Brazilian keeper suffered a calf problem during Friday's season opener against Norwich

It falls to Adrian, recently signed from West Ham, to cover for Alisson in the weeks to come

Games he could miss 

Premier League unless stated

Wednesday Chelsea (Istanbul)

UEFA Super Cup

Saturday Southampton (A)

August 24 Arsenal (H)

August 31 Burnley (A)

September 14 Newcastle United (H)

September 17-18 Champions League matchday one

September 22 Chelsea (A)

While Adrian, signed on a free from West Ham earlier this month, will provide decent cover, a delve into Alisson's stats from last season reveals just how much they could miss him.

Though Liverpool had to stump up £65million, a world record for a goalkeeper, to sign Alisson from Roma in the summer of 2018, Jurgen Klopp knew it was a necessary outlay.

The club had often been let down by a string of unreliable keepers, latterly Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, and it needed addressing if they wanted to properly challenge for major honours.

The arrival of Alisson cured these ills in a stroke, his debut season at Anfield a masterclass in consistency between the posts.

An ever-present in Liverpool's Premier League and Champions League games during 2018-19, Alisson kept 21 clean sheets in 38 league matches, topping the list just ahead of City's Ederson.

Alisson made a series of crucial saves in the Champions League final win over Tottenham

His performance allowed Liverpool to weather a spell of intense second-half pressure 

The keeper hugs the European Cup following Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Spurs in Madrid

Alisson, with winners medal in mouth, calls his family during the post-match celebrations

PREMIER LEAGUE CLEAN SHEETS 2018-2019 SEASON  Goalkeeper Clean sheets Alisson 21 Ederson 20 Jordan Pickford 14 Kepa Arrizabalaga 14 Hugo Lloris 12

His concession of 22 league goals was the lowest of any keeper in the English top-flight, though a certain Dutch defender called Virgil van Dijk, also a necessary expense, might argue he played a part.

In those 38 matches, Alisson faced 96 shots on target and saved 77.1 per cent of them - again the highest return of any Premier League keeper.

But it wasn't just his shot-stopping that impressed. Alisson's distribution was often vital in setting Liverpool flying forward on the attack.

He played a total of 1,076 passes, of which 864 reached their intended destination for a return of 80.3 per cent. Only Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga and Ederson had a superior accuracy when it came to playing the ball out.

Little wonder Van Dijk described Alisson as 'maybe the best goalkeeper in the world right now' and questioned why he hadn't been included in FIFA's 10-man shortlist for The Best award.

Alisson and Virgil van Dijk formed a formidable defensive partnership last season

The pair celebrate Liverpool's thrilling comeback victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals

Alisson was precisely the kind of goalkeeper Van Dijk wanted positioned behind him and vice versa and the pair worked brilliantly in tandem in what proved a memorable season for Liverpool.

The Brazilian made a number of crucial saves as Tottenham pressed for an equaliser in the second-half of the Champions League final.

Certain xG measures also say that Alisson's efforts gained Liverpool 13.5 additional points last season, helping take their title tussle with City to the final afternoon.

While Klopp was keen to extol the virtues of Adrian ahead of Liverpool's Super Cup meeting with Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday night, there will be understandable worries.

For one thing, he didn't play in the Premier League at all last season, with West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini favouring Lukasz Fabianski.

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS CONCEDED 2018-19 SEASON  Goalkeeper Minutes Goals conceded Minutes per goal Alisson 3420 22 155 Ederson 3420 23 149 Hugo Lloris 2970 33 90 Kepa Arrizabalaga 3240 39 83 Vicente Guaita 1755 23 76

Adrian was signed on a free transfer from West Ham earlier this month to provide keeper cover

But he didn't play regularly for West Ham last season, appearing only in their cup matches

PREMIER LEAGUE KEEPER DISTRIBUTION STATS 2018-19  Goalkeeper Passes Successful passes Passing accuracy Kepa Arrizabalaga 1003 857 85.4 Ederson 920 760 82.6 Alisson 1076 864 80.3 Hugo Lloris 1047 770 73.5 Bernd Leno 922 638 69.2

His only appearances came in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup - two of these games were against AFC Wimbledon (he shipped four in the FA Cup tie) and another came against Macclesfield Town.

The Spaniard's shot-stopping ability is sound - in his 125 Premier League outings for West Ham, his save percentage was 72 per cent.

But his accuracy of distribution was under 50 per cent, quite the drop from Alisson's 80.3 and it may take him a little time to get accustomed to playing it out sharply and short.

With City scorching out of the blocks, Liverpool cannot afford to miss a beat in these opening weeks of the season. It will fall to Adrian to ensure Alisson's injury absence isn't keenly felt.



For more news relating to Liverpool, visit our sister site LFC Live.
Click to visit Daily Mail | Click to return to Chelsea Live
Share Chelsea Live

Dont Buy The Sun

rss icon

Arsenal News - Chelsea News - Everton News - Liverpool FC News - Man City News - Manchester United News - Newcastle News - Spurs News - West Ham News - Celtic News - Rangers News - < - Contact

©2018 Chelsea Live.

Valid XHTML 1.0 StrictDont Buy The Sun [Valid RSS]