Liverpool news: Alisson Becker to officially become Reds’ number one next season and takes shirt number from Loris Karius

18 Apr

Alisson Becker will officially become Liverpool’s number one next season.

The goalkeeper was signed from Roma for £66.8million last summer.

Alisson has kept 18 Premier League clean sheets this season

He has since gone on to feature in all 34 Premier League games the club have played so far this season.

The 26-year-old also has the most amount of clean sheets with 18, two ahead of nearest rival Ederson.

Loris Karius and Alisson in pre-season

The Brazilian has been a key part of the Premier League’s best defence with just 20 goals conceded all season.

Liverpool currently top the league by two points ahead of Manchester City, who have played one game fewer.

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The Reds also made it through to the semi-final of the Champions League with a 6-1 aggregate win over Porto.

Alisson has not been their official number one, though.

He took the vacant 13 shirt number when he joined the club at the start of the season.

Loris Karius, who was their preferred goalkeeper last season, still has the number 1 shirt.

But Alisson will inherit the number from the German next season, who is currently on a two-year loan with Besiktas.

Confirmed: Liverpool release New Balance home kit for 2019/20 season and fans love it

18 Apr

Liverpool have released their new home kit for the 2019/20 season.

With a design to celebrate 100 years of one of the Reds’ and English footballs most successful managers – Bob Paisley OBE – the strip sees the return of pinstripes to the Reds’ home shirt.

Mohamed Salah, Alisson, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino show off the new home strip
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First introduced in 1982/83 (Paisley’s first season in charge) the pinstripes aim to encapsulate the spirit of Liverpool fans across the world.

General Manager of New Balance Football, Kenny McCallum said: “We’re extremely excited and proud to reveal the New Balance Liverpool FC Home Kit.

“Bob Paisley’s incredible legacy was the ultimate inspiration for the 2019/20 strip in what would have been his 100th year. We hope this design will bring success to the club as it did when Paisley was manager.”

The world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk said: “This year’s home kit is incredibly strong. I’m really looking forward to wearing it as we continue to build upon the Club’s illustrious history and this season’s success.”

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Sir Kenny Dalglish struts his stuff in the last kit to feature pinstripes

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firminho and Van Dijk were on the scoresheet as Wednesday’s 4-1 win in Porto secured a last-four meeting between the Premier League leaders and Barcelona.

The mouth-watering clash is in danger of making Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures against Cardiff and Huddersfield look a little mundane by comparison.

New Balance’s deal with the Anfield club runs out at the end of the next season, with American sportswear giants Nike reportedly in pole position to take over.

Alisson had me ‘purring’ after ‘incredible’ Liverpool training session, recalls former Reds and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland

26 Mar

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland says he was left stunned by Alisson after watching the Brazilian in training.

Alisson has quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s best shot-stoppers since joining the Reds from Roma for £67million last summer.

With more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the league, the 26-year-old has played a major part in Liverpool’s ongoing title bid.

Alisson has been a revelation for Liverpool

And Kirkland, who currently works as an assistant coach for the club’s Women’s team, claims he was blown away after getting up close and personal with the current Reds No.1 at Melwood.

He told Jim White: “I’ve been lucky enough to be down at the training ground a couple of times and he’s the only goalkeeper I’ve watched and gone, ‘Wow’.

“I walked away and I was purring when I got home. I was smiling because I’d just seen an incredible session from him.

“John Achterberg, the goalkeeper coach there, and Alisson were training with Simon Mignolet. Those two were great but Alisson was just incredible.”

Kirkland was also full of praise for the first-choice keeper on the blue half of Merseyside – Everton’s Jordan Pickford.

The England international has struggled this season after a fine summer at the World Cup, but Kirkland insists he is too good to stay down for long.

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“I trained at Preston with him. He’s an incredible goalkeeper,” Kirkland added.

“He had a great tournament in the summer at the World Cup. He’s had tough moments at Everton this year, but all goalkeepers are going to go through that.

“One thing about Jordan is he’s extremely confident in his own ability.

“I’ve got no doubt he’ll get even better.”

Premier League: Former England defender Danny Mills names his team of the season with a few shock inclusions

22 Mar

The end of the Premier League is edging towards its conclusion and we are no closer to knowing who will be crowned champions in May.

However, we do know who have been the stand-out performers this term – and on Friday, former full-back Danny Mills had his say.

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Danny Mills has picked his Premier League team of the season

Mills unsurprisingly included the three frontrunners  for Player of the Year, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, in his XI.

Liverpool stopper Alisson got the nod over Man City glovesman Ederson.

But perhaps more controversially, Mills has chosen Sadio Mane over Mohamed Salah and Cesar Azpilicueta over Trent Alexander-Arnold.

But who else has made the XI?

Have a look at his full selection below…

Brazil vs Panama: Ederson and Alisson resume their battle to be the No.1 Brazilian goalkeeper

22 Mar

Ederson is set to start ahead of Alisson for Brazil’s friendly against Panama on Saturday.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has been the Selecao No.1 during manager Tite’s reign and forced Ederson to watch from the bench at World Cup 2018.

Brazil are spoilt for choice when it comes to top goalkeepers

But the Manchester City stopper will reportedly get the nod when Brazil host Panama this weekend.

It is the first of two friendly games for Brazil, who entertain England’s 2020 Euro qualifying opponents Czech Republic on Tuesday, live on talkSPORT 2.

The matches are part of their preparations for this summer’s Copa America.

Alisson’s status as Brazil’s No.1 has restricted Ederson to just three senior caps.

In October, Ederson praised his international team-mate when talking about their rivalry.

He said: “I think there is a lot of similarity between the two of us, he is having a very positive start to the season at Liverpool.

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“Here he is one step ahead of me, he played in a World Cup but that’s not a reason to work less.

“Brazil is well served for goalkeepers, many who have not been to the World Cup are very good. Those who are picked will do a good job.”

Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup quarter-finals by Belgium

Ederson vs Alisson in the 2018/19 Premier League season

Ederson

Appearances: 30

Clean sheets: 14

Saves: 47

Save percentage: 68.7 per cent

Errors leading to goals: 0

 

Alisson

Appearances: 31

Clean sheets: 17

Saves: 63

Save percentage: 77.2 per cent

Errors leading to goals: 3

The race for the Golden Glove award is heating up with Alisson leading Ederson by three clean sheets.

Alisson tops the table with 17 shutouts as Ederson trails in second with 14.

The former Roma ace has also been the busier of the two goalkeepers, making 16 more saves.

However, Ederson has been more reliable between the sticks with Alisson committing three errors leading to goals.

They duo will now battle it out on the international stage but who will grab the upper hand?

It’s likely Alisson will return between the stick on Tuesday as Brazil face Czech Republic live on talkSPORT 2 this Tuesday.

The Premier League players who have made the most errors leading to goals including Pickford, Alisson and Trippier

14 Mar

Gareth Southgate’s admission that Jordan Pickford is still England’s No.1 certainly raised a few eyebrows.

The Three Lions boss named his squad to face Montenegro and the Czech Republic on Wednesday and declared Pickford is still the main man between the sticks.

Origi capitalised on Jordan Pickford’s error in the Merseyside derby in December

Not only is Burnley shot-stopper Tom Heaton in terrific form, but the Toffees star has made a rather unfortunate habit of making costly errors this season.

In Russia, the 25-year-old became something of a cult hero with his performances for the national side.

His penalty save in the shootout against Colombia and a series of gravity-defying stops against Sweden captured the imagination – even inspiring Ross Kemp to take his short off and film a number of questionable videos….

But his mistakes in the big games are beginning to cost Marco Silva’s men and the fact his position in the national team seems secure is surprising, to say the least.

Kieran Trippier missed a penalty in the 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup

Pickford is not the only Englishman to struggle after an incredible summer, with Kieran Trippier failing to replicate his form from Russia for Tottenham Hotspur.

But who has been the most error-prone player this season according to official Premier League statistics?

Scroll down to see the top 15 players who have made errors leading to goals.

Kieran Tripper (Tottenham Hotspur) – 2

Kieran Trippier even had his Wikipiedia page changed after an own goal against Chelsea

Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) – 2

Seri was once courted by Barcelona and Arsenal, but that is hard to believe now

Sergio Rico (Fulham) – 2

The shot-stopper has been woeful for the Whites

Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – 2

The Brazilian No.1 opted against joining Chelsea in the summer

Ben Hamer (Huddersfield Town) – 2

Hamer is not even the Terriers’ first choice keeper…

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) – 2

The centre back is powerful and aggressive in his style of play

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) – 2

Dunk has not made it back into Southgate’s England squad

David De Gea (Manchester United) – 2

De Gea is normally assured between the sticks for the Red Devils

Charlie Daniels (AFC Bournemouth) – 2

The left-back is one of the first names on Eddie Howe’s team sheets

Harry Arter (Cardiff City) – 2

Arter is on loan from Bournemouth this season

Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – 3

The German has struggled at times in his first season in English football

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – 3

The goalkeeper allowed this shot from Heung-Min Son to pass through his body

Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth) – 3

The former Chelsea keeper has endured an error-strewn season

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – 3

The Ivory Coast international will not play again this season

Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 4

Pickford has made the most errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season

Liverpool vs Burnley: Alisson booked for complaining after conceding direct from a corner

10 Mar

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was left with egg on his face after conceding direct from a corner against Burnley.

The Reds went one goal down inside the opening 10 minutes at Anfield, with Ashley Westwood netting to put Sean Dyche’s side ahead.

And Westwood scored in the most remarkable of fashions, with his corner flying over Alisson and nestling in the far corner of the Brazil goalkeeper’s net.

Alisson was being crowded out by Burnley’s players
The goalkeeper believed he was impeded
Everyone missed the ball and it flew into the back of the net
The weather was affecting proceedings at Anfield

Alisson complained about the decision to allow the goal, and was eventually punished by the referee – who showed him a yellow card.

Alisson believed he had been fouled in the build up to the goal


Liverpool equalised through Roberto Firmino just before the 20-minute mark.

More follows.

Liverpool vs Bayern Munich: Possible Reds Champions League line-up without Roberto Firmino and with Fabinho in defence

19 Feb

Liverpool’s preparations for their Champions League knockout tie against Bayern Munich have been hampered by absentees.

Record signing Virgil van Dijk is suspended due to the yellow card picked up in the final group game against Napoli, while Dejan Lovren is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Fabinho at the back and Roberto Firmino to miss Bayern clash?

Joe Gomez is a long-term absentee as he recovers from a broken leg and Roberto Firmino did not train on Monday ahead of the clash at Anfield.

As well as that, Xherdan Shaqiri is also a slight doubt to face his former club due to an abdominal injury.

Although the sight of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back on the training field will be well received by Kopites, the former Arsenal midfielder is unlikely to feature until April at the earliest.

With Jurgen Klopp admitting Fabinho may well play at the back for the Reds, the question that remains is who will replace the influential Firmino up front?

Scroll down to have a look at talkSPORT.com’s predicted Liverpool lineup!

13) Alisson Becker

The Brazilian will almost certainly start in goal

66) Trent Alexander-Arnold

The youngster is a firm favourite on the Kop

3) Fabinho

The makeshift centre-half will get a thorough examination from Robert Lewandowski and co.

32) Joel Matip

Injuries have forced Klopp’s hand, with Matip the only recognised centre half

26) Andrew Robertson

Robertson’s relentless pressure will be crucial at Anfield

8) Naby Keita

Keita is familiar with Bayern Munich from his days at RB Leipzig

14) Jordan Henderson

The skipper lives for the big occasion

5) Georginio Wijnaldum

A dark horse for Liverpool’s player of the season surely?

11) Mohamed Salah

The ‘Egyptian King’ will be tasked with spearheading Liverpool’s attack without Firmino

15) Daniel Sturridge

The England international scored against Paris Saint-Germain during the group stage game at Anfield

19) Sadio Mane

Mane’s pace will be crucial against the reigning Bundesliga champions

Watch Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker play guitar and sing ‘Allez Allez Allez’ chant alongside musician Jamie Webster

14 Feb

It was the song that gripped Liverpool fans on the road to the Champions League final last season so hearing a player for the club singing ‘Allez Allez Allez’ would be music to their ears.

And despite the fact the Reds were unable to lift a trophy last term, the song has lived on and has been belted out by the Liverpool faithful during every game this season.

Liverpool fans at the Champions League final last season

Below you can find the lyrics to ‘Allez Allez Allez’:

We conquered all of Europe, we’re never going to stop

From Paris down to Turkey, we’ve won the f****** lot

Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly, the fields of Anfield Road

We are loyal supporters, and we come from Liverpool

Allez Allez Allez, Allez Allez Allez

Manager Jurgen Klopp had sung the tune alongside some Liverpool fans during their pre-season tour of America but now goalkeeper Alisson performed it with local musician Jamie Webster, who wrote the song.

Webster teaches Alisson how to play Allez Allez Allez on the guitar
Alisson is not a bad singer himself
Alisson also talked about how he hopes to write a song about Liverpool’s 2018/19 season

This is something long overdue in the eyes of many Kopites after Alisson’s stirring karaoke performance during pre-season, which certainly outshone the jokey performances of the rest of his team-mates.

Alisson and Webster met up at District, the venue where Webster performs at BOSS Night events in the city’s Baltic Triangle after Liverpool matches to jam with Alisson as well as talk the Brazilian’s love of music and his first season at Anfield.

Below you can see the full video.

Former Premier League goalkeeper Shay Given would pick Manchester City’s Ederson over Liverpool’s Alisson

6 Feb

Shay Given would pick Manchester City’s Ederson over Liverpool’s Alisson.

The Brazilian goalkeepers are fighting it out for the no.1 shirt in the national team, with Alisson preferred to Ederson by manager Tite.

Ederson and Alisson are battling it out to be Brazil’s no1 goalkeeper

But former Newcastle and City goalkeeper Given, who made 451 appearances in the Premier League during a 21-year career, “loves” watching Ederson play.

He told talkSPORT: “They’re both Brazilian and they’re challenging for the number one shirt in Brazil and Alisson has that at the minute.

“But I’ve been doing some TV games for Man City and I just love watching Ederson play, I really do.

Ederson’s distribution is outstanding

“He’s so composed when he has the ball and he plays exactly how Pep Guardiola wants to play, he wants to attract opposition players out of position.

“There could be two or three players closing Ederson down and you’re thinking ‘right, this could be panic stations now’, but he’s the calmest man in the stadium.

Alisson has kept more clean sheets than Ederson this season

“He was in a central midfielder’s position [against Wolves] and played a one-two with Fernandinho and everyone was like ‘get back in your goal!’ He just jogged back, if that was me, I’d be sprinting back to get into my box.

“I think I did one or two Cruyff turns in my career. But he does stepovers and rollovers, I’ve not seen a nutmeg yet but I think it’s probably around the corner – he’s that cool on the ball.”

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Alisson is leading the way for the Premier League Golden Glove award with 13 clean sheets, while Ederson trails with 10.

Given, who is the head goalkeeping coach at Derby County, added: “Taking away the stuff with his feet, Ederson’s improved so much with his hands and makes big saves in big moments in games.

“He makes it look easy, that’s a skill in itself, you can dive and roll around seven times and make it look better than it was, but Ederson’s got that calmness and does what needs to be done.

“He doesn’t shout and rave at people, he’s a calming influence at the back.”