Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has urged Liverpool ‘keeper Alisson Becker to stick with his style of play, despite making a high profile howler at the weekend.
Liverpool brought the Brazilian in from Roma for a whopping £67 million earlier this summer, as Jurgen Klopp attempts to resolve the Reds’ long-standing problem between the sticks.
He went into this weekend’s game against Leicester having kept three clean sheets in his opening three Premier League games, and even showcased his talents with the ball at his feet with a cheeky dink over Glenn Murray last weekend against Brighton.
However, Liverpool fans could have been forgiven for thinking Loris Karius was back in goal, when Alisson tried a Cruyff turn in the box, only to fluff his lines and be dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho, who squared it for new Leicester signing Rachid Ghezzal to score into a virtually empty net.
However, he has found some support from a somewhat surprising source, Manchester United goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel, who has told the Brazilian to carry on trying to play the ball out from the back:
“This is a new style,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports. “It’s what teams and managers are looking for. Someone who is very comfortable with their feet and can pass the ball even in tight areas.
“You lose the ball every now and then. Every single player does that, no matter where they are on the pitch.
“The worst thing he can do is compromise his style. Stay with it, be comfortable with it, that’s his way of playing.
“The next few months he will be under pressure. The media will be scrutinising every little thing he is doing.
“How is he reacting to that? Can he still go out and play at this very high level? That is the art of goalkeeping. That you have that ability.
“When he made the mistake, the camera was on him a few times, he looked worried. It was playing on his mind. He needs to work on that. It’s the only way you can survive.”