“Ali is good” and will be back soon


Alisson Becker during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool FC at American Express Community Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom.
Alisson Becker during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool FC at American Express Community Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. Image: Getty Images

“Ali is good” and will be back soon. Liverpool FC goalkeeping coach John Achterberg told The Atletic that he is pleased with the progress made by Alisson Becker in his recovery from injury. He has further emphasized the impact and changethe Brasilian goalkeeper has brought about at Anfield.

According to Achterberg, the Brasilian is recovering according to plan from an untimely calf injury. The shot-stopper is expected to return to action after the international break.

Initial fears regarding the Brazilian international have eased after he broke down in the Premier League opening match between Liverpool and Norwich.

Now, it has become clear he would only be ruled out for weeks and not for months having responded well to the rehabilitation program Liverpool put him on.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 07: Alisson Becker of Brazil bites his champion medal after winning the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 07: Alisson Becker of Brazil bites his champion medal after winning the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Achterberg carried on: “He’s in every day for treatment, and they try to improve things. He’s able to do some fitness work in the gym without using his leg. It’s difficult, but you have to try to look forward and be positive. You have to try to turn a negative into a positive.”

When pressed on the return date of the goalkeeper he was a bit more careful and vague: “They haven’t given us a specific time he’ll be out as it’s difficult to say how quickly it will heal. That’s all with the medics. There’s an international break coming up, and we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes after that.”

While Alisson is currently unavailable to Jurgen Klopp, he has made a positive impact at Anfield since arriving from Roma in the summer of 2018, with a Golden Glove award secured in his debut campaign.

Achterberg hailed the impact that Alisson has had on the performance of Liverpool in the last season. Valued at the most expensive goalkeeper currently and priced by CIES at more than 115 million US-Dollars Alisson has already paid back the £65 million ($79m) that Liverpool paid to Roma for his services. Alisson currently is the 24th most valuable player in the world.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Alisson of Liverpool shakes hands with Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on March 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Achterberg is full of admiration: “At the start, you always think that a goalie needs time to settle a little bit. Playing for Liverpool is very difficult. A lot of people don’t want to give you time. But from day one, Ali was there for us. He cost us one goal [at Leicester] finding out what was possible and not possible in terms of playing out from the back, but that’s what you expect.

He also compared Becker to icons such as David de Gea, Edwin van der Sar, and Fabian Barthez: “Look back in history at how many keepers came to England and were ready straight away.

I can tell you Edwin van der Sar wasn’t when he started at Fulham, David de Gea wasn’t at Manchester United because he struggled for more than a year. Fabien Barthez wasn’t either. It’s not easy, but Ali is very strong, mentally, and adapted quick. Before the crowd at Anfield was on edge a lot with the goalies, but he changed that around.”

Alisson has played so tremendously well in 2018/19 that he is now rumored to be a candidate for the battle for the 2019 Ballon d’Or. Which is not an "easy thing" to achieve for a goalkeeper.

Ligalive Stats: 27 players are valued at + €100 million

Source: CIES https://football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/b5wp/2018/245/en/. With Ligalive updates dated 20 August 2019
Player ValueClubAgeEnd of contractNation
Kylian Mbappé252mParis20.52023FRA
Mohammed Salah219.6mLiverpool272023EGY
Raheem Sterling207.8mManCity24.52023ENG
Lionel Messi167.4mFC Barcelona322021ARG
Jadon Sancho159.4mDortmund19.22022ENG
Sadio Mané157.8mFC Liverpool27.22023SEN
Harry Kane155.2mTottenham25.22024ENG
Roberto Firmino144.2mFC Liverpool27.72023BRA
Antoine Griezman143.8FC Barcelona28.22025FRA
Leroy Sané137.1mManCity212023GER
Bernardo Silva136.9ManCity24.82025POR
Gabriel Jesus130.6ManCity22.22023BRA
Trent Alexander130.2mFC Liverpool20.72024ENG
Philippe Coutinho129.4Bayern Munich (Loan)272020 (Loan)BRA
Romelu Lukaku125.2Inter26.12025BEL
Paul Pogba125.1mManU26.22021FRA
Neymar124.7mParis St. 27.42022BRA
Marcus Rashford123.5mManU23.62021ENG
Eden Hazard120.7mReal Madrid28.42024BEL
CR7118.1mJuventus342022POR
Ousmane Dembélé117.1mFC Barcelona22.12022FRA
Virgil van Dijk112.1mFC Liverpool27.92023NED
Paul Dybala108.2mJuventus222025ARG
Alisson Becker107.5FC Liverpool26.72024BRA
Aymeric Laporte105.4mManCity25.02025FRA
Ederson Moraes103mManCity25.82025BRA
Dele Alli102.5mTottenham23.22024ENG

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