Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James is concerned about Alisson Becker’s confidence after a couple of recent mistakes.
Alisson has been an assured presence in the Liverpool goal since joining from Roma in 2018. Mistakes in his game have been few and far between.
That was until recently, though. The Brazilian has been caught out on a couple of occasions in quick succession in recent weeks.
For example, he gave the ball away against Manchester City on two occasions which led to goals in their 4-1 loss that was a devastating blow in the title race.
Then one week later, he misjudged a situation and collided with his own new teammate Ozan Kabak, leaving Leicester with an easy goal in a 3-1 defeat.
As the old adage goes, form is temporary but class is permanent. But Alisson will need to get back to his best quickly if Liverpool are to catch up in the title race.
James, though, is unsure he will be able to immediately.
“There is an argument that consistent formations and line-ups will help with that [Alisson’s form],” James told Stadium Astro.
“But at the same time, if you’re doing the training and you’re getting those levels of communication on a day to day basis, then you go into the game and it continues from there.
“It will be interesting to know what they are doing in training. My concerns are – and I have to bring this up – Alisson hasn’t been in great form of late and this defensive shift isn’t going to help his confidence.”
James offers Alisson advice
James had his own struggles during his time with Liverpool, and advised Alisson to do what he did by talking with someone about his form.
“I had to in the end, go and have a chat with someone,” James said. “It wasn’t some cloak and dagger meeting, some guy came round my house and we had a two hour chat in the kitchen and my head was cleared.
“My fear with Alisson is if you look at the trend of Liverpool goalkeepers for the last six or seven years – since Pepe Reina – top goalkeepers have gone under and not recovered.
“Alisson isn’t in the greatest form at the moment, so I’m hoping he has the chance to have a chat with someone and we get back one of the world’s best goalkeepers.”