Liverpool goalkeeping coach reveals secret behind Alisson’s success

Alisson has developed into one of the best at Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

Alisson’s ability to ‘stay calm in high-pressure moments’ makes him one of the best in the world, according to Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.

The Brazil international made the £66.8million switch from Roma to Anfield in the summer of 2018, making him the world’s second-most expensive keeper behind Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Alisson and captain Virgil van Dijk have completely transformed Jurgen Klopp’s side, helping fire them to Champions League glory last season, and just two wins away from their first ever Premier League title.

Achterberg told the club’s official website: ‘He is a goalie who has no fear – if he does something, he sticks to his decision.

‘In his mind, he knows what to do and he doesn’t hesitate. That is natural goalkeeping, having no fear, reading the game and deciding.’

‘If Ali receives the ball, he is always looking to counter and restart the game quickly, in keeping with our way of playing.’

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The Brazilian keeper is vital to the way Klopp sets up his side (Picture: Getty Images)

Alisson’s connection with his outfield teammates is like a sixth sense, making his distribution second to none.

Achterberg added: ‘Mo [Salah] and Ali have had eye contact, they’re looking at each other, and Ali knows he has made the move and then has the quality to put the ball out into his path.

‘When Ali cuts a corner or cross out, the first thing he is looking at is if there is the possibility of a quick restart with a throw or a side-volley.

‘One of his big strengths is to stay calm in the high-pressure moments and making what look like natural, easy decisions, but they’re not easy because you always need perfect solutions and decisions. It’s a quality he has.’

Liverpool’s wait to lift their first league title in 30 years continues, with all Premier League action halted until at least April 30 over the coronavirus pandemic.

Top-flight clubs are due to meet early next month to discuss the next steps and are intent on finishing the campaign before June 30.

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