The Reds go into tomorrow’s game against West Ham United at Anfield after conceding 14 goals – the most conceded in the Premier League – and taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with just one clean sheet.
According to Alisson Becker, it is only a matter of time before Liverpool have a clean sheet more often.
Alisson Becker says that Liverpool wants to keep more clean sheets after the defensive injuries.
The Liverpool goalkeeper, who will make his 95th appearance for the club against the Hammers, says the situation in the back area will improve as the Reds increase their intensity.
But Alisson, who himself only returned from a shoulder injury after a 2-1 win over Sheffield United last weekend, believes Liverpool’s surprisingly high goal difference against the Hammers is partly due to the fact that they are still in the early stages of the season.
With Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the long term, Fabinho is also on the sidelines with a hamstring problem he contracted midweek against Midtjylland FC. Joel Matip has also missed a lot in the last 12 months due to injuries, so Jurgen Klopp has problems in the central defense.
“It’s still early in the season, but keeping clean sheets and scoring zero goals is the common goal of the entire team. We want to solve the problem as quickly as possible and we will do our best to keep a clean sheet in our game [against West Ham].
“Sometimes you just need time to get used to your game,” he said in the official Liverpool matchday programme against West Ham United.
“There is a mixture of many things that make you win matches and win competitions, but the key is our intensity and passion for playing football.
“The key for the team is to bring our intensity into the game. We know that our hallmark is our intensity, our push, our counter-pressure and everyone involved in the defensive phase.
While all the goalkeepers talk to their defenders during the games, Alisson was particularly vocal when it came to keeping the Liverpool game on the high line – whereas normally the voice of Van Dijk is heard, shouting instructions when to play the offside trap and when to fall lower.
Rhys Williams joined partner Joe Gomez after Fabinho’s injury in the midweek Champions League win over Midtjylland FC, and in the second half the journalists in Anfield could hear Alisson yelling at them constantly.
Alisson knows how important it is to be loud on the pitch as well as in the dressing room, especially during Van Dijk’s enforced absence, but believes that actions speak louder than words.
“We are a really concentrated, really focused team. We know our jobs, we know what to do on the field, and we have Hendo and Millie. I also try to do my best.
“More than voices, we have the presence of every player. That is important. When we’re in the locker room, everyone talks to each other and tries to give the team something special.
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“As a goalkeeper I am used to talking to the defense while trying to organize them, and in the changing room I try to talk to them to help the team. But we don’t need to talk too much, we need action”.