Spending £67million doesn’t get you what it once did. Not even the world’s most expensive goalkeeper anymore.
But it really should mean you don’t concede unless opposing teams do something pretty good.
Alisson has enjoyed a highly commendable start with Liverpool, imposing an authority between the posts Jurgen Klopp’s side has been crying out for.
Alisson tried to turn in the box but was tackled by Kelechi Iheanacho in the build-up to a goal
He tried to recover from his error but Rachid Ghezzal eventually managed to score
Yet the Brazilian was the source of Leicester’s goal at the King Power Stadium in a wholly avoidable episode. Inevitably emboldened by the success of his nonchalant chip over an onrushing Anthony Knockaert against Brighton, Alisson tried a Cruyff turn as Kelechi Iheanacho advanced. Except Iheanacho anticipated the move, stole possession, and squared for Rachid Ghezzal to tap in.
Alisson punched the post in anger. Somewhere in Turkey, Loris Karius might have allowed himself a smile.
Amid imperious displays by Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, this was the first time Liverpool had conceded in the Premier League and it was clumsy and awkward. It invited pressure onto the visitors late in the game as Leicester searched with renewed energy for an equaliser.
Clearly, Alisson’s role in Klopp’s team is as instigator almost as much as stopper. He is asked to pass out from the back, to in essence add