Alisson: Why I've settled so quickly at Liverpool
Harmonious conditions at work and home have allowed Alisson Becker to make a smooth start to life at Liverpool.
The Brazil international has yet to concede a goal since joining the Reds from AS Roma in the summer, recording three consecutive clean sheets to begin the Premier League season.
Only three goalkeepers – Bruce Grobbelaar, Simon Mignolet and Pepe Reina – had achieved that feat for the club in the previous 51 campaigns.
Alisson has enthralled fans with his passing range, too, the No.13 being comfortable in spreading play short and long when required to deal with possession.
And the stopper credits his family, new colleagues and the staff at Melwood for creating an environment in which he can concentrate on performing at his best.
“We’ve come here to Liverpool with our heads and our hearts,” he told Premier League Productions ahead of Saturday’s clash with Leicester City.
“We made the decision to come to this massive club as a family. We’ve come with our bodies, souls and hearts to Liverpool. Everything has gone really well. We’ve settled in really quickly.
“My teammates have been very helpful in this. John [Achterberg] the goalkeeping coach is a great guy, great to work with. He gives me tranquillity and calm.
“Similarly, if I’ve ever made some mistakes I’ve got my daughter to come home to, who receives me with a big smile! That’s always great.
“There are the other goalkeepers as well – Simon [Mignolet] and the lads from the youth team, Caoimhin [Kelleher] and Kamil [Grabara]. It’s really important that the goalkeepers are united. That’s always been the case wherever I’ve played. It has been really good.
“Off the field, family is really important. If things are going well on the field, that helps it to go well off the field. The settling in has been great. My wife is happy. We have our daughter to make us happy. That’s the most important thing.”
Nobody at Liverpool believes their ‘perfect’ start in terms of numbers – three games, three wins, none conceded – represents a ‘perfect’ series of displays over 90 minutes.
Indeed, Jürgen Klopp cited the hard-fought nature of the win against Brighton and Hove Albion as proof of the work his side still need to do.
Alisson shares that sentiment.
“Quite often, wins hide faults. You can say: ‘We won 1-0, it was perfect, we kept a clean sheet.’ But that might hide some things going on,” he said.
“For example, we need to improve our passing, make less mistakes, work on continuity, make less errors in the area of passing, positioning could improve, we need to concentrate one hundred per cent for the full game. That’s something we can do, to really succeed in this competition.”