Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has admitted that the club “feel the responsibility” to win the Premier League title this season.
The Reds have gone 29 years without winning a top-flight league title but could end that drought this season if results go their way.
Can Liverpool control their “responsibility”? Five things you need to know…
- Liverpool face Cardiff City on Sunday knowing a win would take them two points above Premier League title rivals Manchester City.
- However, City would have a game in hand on the Reds, keeping the title in their hands.
- The Reds can finish the season on a maximum of 97 points.
- They face Cardiff, Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers before the season finishes.
- Jurgen Klopp’s side are still competing in the Champions League whereas City are no longer in the competition.
The Liverpool shot-stopper has spoken to reporters regarding the club’s attitude towards this vital run-in.
The Brazilian has admitted that the Merseysiders feel a “responsibility” to win for their supporters but don’t necessarily view it as “pressure”.
“It isn’t pressure,” Alisson told Sky Sports.
“It’s a feeling of knowing that you have the possibility of winning, a feeling of responsibility.
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“We play at a gigantic club in Liverpool, with passionate supporters who care deeply about the Premier League first and foremost, and the Champions League.
“So we feel the responsibility yes, but we take it on and try to play as well as we can out on the field.”
The Alisson effect
The 26-year-old joined the club last summer following an impressive spell at Italian outfit Roma, signing for a transfer fee of £66.8m, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in football history at the time.
Since then, the Brazilian has proved that he is more than worthy of his hefty price tag, tightening up the Liverpool defence, while alongside teammates such as Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, he has turned a once leaky backline into a solid foundation.
Liverpool have only conceded 20 league goals this season with just four games to play, two better than Manchester City and vastly superior compared to the majority of the Premier League.
If the Reds go on to claim their first league title since 1990, then it won’t just be the club’s goals that got them there but also Alisson’s consistent heroics at the back for Klopp’s side.