Liverpool have fought their way back into the Premier League title race – but the Reds will need to lean heavily on one of their key men to get the job done
Just a few months ago the race for the claim First League Title seemed already finished and dusted off.
Manchester City pushed away from Liverpool and Chelsea After all, all three had gotten an electric start to the season – but the Reds pulled it off brought back their competitors since the turn of the year and are now just one point behind the reigning champions.
And Liverpool are poised to get back into action this weekend thanks to the early kick-off against Manchester City Watford, the Reds know they have the opportunity to give themselves a huge mental boost in the title race by moving ahead of City; even if it’s only for a few hours.
the 37 million pound capture of Luis Diaz has certainly helped reignite the Reds’ title bid – but it’s another key man on the other side of the pitch who has played a quiet but crucial role in Liverpool’s remarkable renaissance in recent months.
Alison He has arguably been miles ahead of the rest of the Premier League since arriving at Anfield in 2018. The Brazil keeper has inspired the Reds to both domestic and European trophies since he was lured away from Roma in a £67m deal – and he has proved invaluable once again since the turn of the year.
The Reds looked shaky at the back early in the season, throwing away cheap goals to leave their title challenge on rocky ground. But Liverpool’s rear guard – put together by Alisson – is now back at its best; conceding only two goals in the last 10 games Jurgen Klopps Page back to the cover image.
It’s a situation that mirrors the state Liverpool were in prior to the Brazilian’s arrival, as the Merseyside side endured a series of near misses in their bid to reclaim their place at the top of English football. Alison and Virgil van Dijk were the signings that helped the Reds turn that around.
While it’s almost impossible not to focus on the heavy artillery Liverpool boast in their star-studded attacking lines, their defensive steel during the run-in shouldn’t be underestimated.
If Liverpool can rule out Manchester City when they meet in a blockbuster clash later this month, they know they have the firepower to damage their title rivals. And the Reds also have the fundamentals needed to stay one step ahead Pep Guardiola Men’s final month of the season – if Alisson can maintain his recent purple spot.
The 29-year-old played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s stunning 2019/20 title campaign; a triumph that shattered a nagging 30-year title drought. Two years ago, Gary Neville explained that Alisson was the “best” goalkeeper in the Premier League ‘by a mile’ and that he could mean the difference in the Reds’ title fight – and he could prove right again in the final weeks of this season.
He told Sky Sports back in 2020: ‘When you have an outstanding goalkeeper the difference he makes is off the scale. From a good goalkeeper to a great goalkeeper, the points you gain are unquantifiable. Alisson does this week after week.
“Even at crystal palace On Saturday Liverpool were by far the better side but there was a 20 minute period early in the game where there were a couple of moments where Alisson makes a save where things could change if that happens.
“He makes save after save, good decision after good decision, he has made the fewest mistakes and he gives everyone else on this team full security and authority.
“It’s the toughest decision on the pitch but for a top team that’s going to win the league or championship Champions LeagueI don’t know how to win without having a great goalkeeper and he’s a great goalkeeper.
“They have gone from number two in the Champions League, number two and three in the league, without him, to number one.
“They could never have won the league with the previous goalkeepers. In a million years it will never, not happen. That’s eight, ten, 15 points. You can’t put a figure on that.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-klopp-neville-best-player-26615011 Jurgen Klopp must field Liverpool's Gary Neville, who he thinks is 'best by a mile'