LIVERPOOL’S title push is stuttering on the back of a worrying run of form from keeper Alisson Becker which has seen him concede eight goals from the last 12 shots on target he has faced.
Jurgen Klopp’s side stumbled to a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday night as they showed more signs of struggling to deal with the pressure of leading from the front.
The Reds have dropped seven points in their last five matches as the race to win the Premier League has been blown wide open again.
In the last six games Liverpool have conceded eight times as their once tight defence starts to show signs of leaking under the strain of the season and a series of injuries.
But the biggest concern is on £68.8million keeper Alisson who is struggling to make the key saves he was brought in to deliver.
The Brazilian enjoyed a brilliant start to his career at Anfield as he quickly settled in and appeared to finally end the club’s search for a top class stopper.
His amazing save late in the Champions League group clash with Napoli effectively kept the club in the competition and sent them through to the knock-out stages at the Italian side’s expense.
But since allowing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to beat him in the 5-1 win over Arsenal on December 29 his impact has been anything but impressive.
For the 26-year-old has saved only a third of the shots on target he has had to deal with since that in the league.
On two out of three occasions, Alisson has been unable to do his job as the last line of the Reds defence and prevent a goal being scored.
Alisson's dip in form exposed
First 19 matches
Shots on target: 52
Goals conceded: 7
Save ratio: 86.54 percent
Last six matches
Shots on target: 12
Goals conceded: 8
Save ratio: 33.33 per cent
That is in stark contrast to his form before then, when he had let in just seven goals from the 52 shots on target – a save rate of 86.54 per cent.
And in of those eight conceded, perhaps only three have been shots which would go down as impossible to stop.
Although Maitland-Niles tapped into an empty net, Alisson had dashed out too far from his line and missed the ball attempting to cut out the cross in the build up to that strike.
He was beaten by Sergio Aguero at his near post in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
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Of the three conceded against Crystal Palace, one went under his body and a weak hand cost him on another.
It could even have been worse had Andy Carroll controlled his fluffed clearance late in the draw at West Ham, with Alisson looking far from the convincing figure of the first half of the season.
Liverpool now need to work on their defensive organisation against a Bournemouth side who knocked four past Chelsea a week ago.
And they could do with getting Alisson back to basics and rebuilding his confidence ahead of the final three months of the season.