Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson’s skills and spoke about the importance of a completely fit Xherdan Shaqiri being able to leave the Reds during their defense of the Premier League title.
Injury setbacks at Anfield this season have become alarmingly frequent, with key men pushed into the treatment table at regular intervals.
With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip all trapped on the sidelines, defensive choices have been decimated by untimely knocks.
As a result, Klopp had to get imaginative with his team picks, but one constant has been Brazil’s international Alisson over the past few weeks.
In 2020-21, with hip and shoulder complaints, he also sat out six games, but when able to line up between the sticks, he remained a reliable choice for the Reds.
His latest outing saw another clean sheet added to an impressive set of shutouts, with the reflexes of the South American aiding in a goalless draw on Merseyside to deny Manchester United.
Klopp told Liverpool’s official website about the Red Devils stalemate and the role his No.1 played in that: “It’s not the first time and won’t be the last time when it won’t become easier in the game if you don’t use your early chances.”
“Where we wanted Ali, they had two very big chances. God of mine, what a goalie he is. Not a lot to do, but then twice ‘bam’ ‘bam,’ it’s cool.
With Bobby [Firmino], we had a really big one. I don’t know exactly how that happened, how the ball didn’t go in there.
“At the moment, that is the case. We just have to continue to work and continue to believe. At the moment, we don’t score enough goals.
Liverpool is trying to mix things up in their quest for an attacking spark after having gone three games without troubling the scorers.
In 13 months against United, Swiss playmaker Shaqiri was awarded a first Premier League start, with Klopp adamant that the 29-year-old will play an important role now that his fitness problems are over.
The manager of the Reds added: “Shaq is really in good shape.” He may have been able to play a little bit longer, but I was not sure.