David James has suggested there is a real possibility that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will never rediscovers his best form.
The Brazilian has arguably been the best ‘keeper in the game, since his 2018 move from AS Roma.
But in recent weeks, his confidence has taken a hit after a string of high-profile mistakes have cost the champions.
Firstly against Manchester City, Alisson’s usually reliable footwork let him down, gifting the Premier League leaders two goals in their 4-1 win at Anfield.
And just one week later he was left red-faced again after he collided with Ozan Kabak to let Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy score in the 3-1 win for the Foxes.
Jurgen Klopp told reporters that he was confident Alisson would return to his normal level very soon, but ex-Reds keeper James isn’t so sure.
“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 knows a thing or two about coming in for criticism as a Liverpool player and he suggested that Alisson needs to talk out his problems; if he is to overcome them.
“I had to in the end, go and have a chat with someone,” James added. “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.”
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