In the past few years, Fantasy Football managers have kept an extremely guarded stance regarding investment in the Liverpool backline. However, Liverpool’s record capture of Alisson Becker (£5.5m) from Roma will surely change their thinking and bring an optimistic attitude towards Liverpool’s defence.
Priced at just £5.5m, he is the cut-price option into the Liverpool defence surpassing competition from alternative Liverpool goalkeepers: Loris Karius (£5.0m) and Simon Mignolet (£5.0m) .
His arrival, advances stability to a dynamically improving defence headed by the unfaltering Virgil Van Dijk (£6.0m). The summer arrival of tenacious defensive midfielder Fabinho (£6.0m) from Monaco who will slot right in front of the center backs rendering defensive cover furthers the case for the Liverpool defence. The Kop favorite Andy Robertson (£6.0m), World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren(£5.0m) and the Scouser Trent Alexander Arnold (£5.0m) are the other Liverpool defence alternatives who bring solidity to the backline but risk rotation therefore Alisson is the only assured route in the Reds’ defence.
Coming from a family of goalkeepers, Alisson was described by Klopp as ‘The Complete Package’. The skilled sweeper-keeper is known for his shot-stopping abilities, goalkeeping positioning and highly rated distribution skills. The arrival of the Brazilian will confidently boost Liverpool’s prospects for clean sheets.
Alisson faced 135 shots on target in 2017/18 and saved 79.3% of them. The Brazilian also saved two of the five penalties he faced in Serie A in 2017/18. Alisson claimed 17 clean sheets in 37 appearances in Serie A last season. That equals the combined 17 produced by his new team-mates. Loris Karius (£5.0m) got 10 clean sheets and Simon Mignolet (£5.0m) supplied seven.
His statistics are more on a par with David De Gea (£6.0m), last season’s top-scoring FPL goalkeeper. Both played 3,330 minutes and conceded 28 goals. The Manchester United goalkeeper recorded only one more shutout, 18 to Alisson’s 17. He also made just six more saves, 115 to Alisson’s 109. Given the Brazilian’s underlying statistics at Roma, however, Alisson could threaten De Gea’s status as the go-to premium goalkeeping option – and costs even £0.5m less. Becker also gives a stiff competition to keepers in his price bracket, with Hugo Lloris, Ederson, Courtois being the primary alternatives. Even those overlooking the Brazilian international will surely feel more confident about the clean sheet prospects of Van Dijk, Robertson and others knowing that they have a more-than-capable shot-stopper playing behind them.
The Reds have a promising run of opening fixtures, facing only one of last season’s Top Six in their first six games. This run of games can become very vital to Liverpool’s season complemented with a flurry of goals by Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) & Co. and essential shutouts, Liverpool will undoubtedly become a force to be reckoned with.
With a team that has already kept 17 clean sheets last season in 38 games last season, there is a positive belief that Alisson has got all it takes to build on that base and become the most popular Fantasy Premier League keeper, usurping the most popular and expensive keeper: David De Gea (£6.0m). Alisson’s qualities surely boost Liverpool’s potential for clean sheets and he may even chip in with a few assists as well!