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Klopp Using Rugby Tackle Bags To Help Alisson Deal with Setpieces

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is working with Alisson in training to help him to acclimatise to the more physical English game. Klopp is using rugby tackle bags so Alisson can get used to the rough and tumble of the penalty area in England.

The Brazilian has kept clean sheets against West Ham and Crystal Palace so far this season. “Set pieces are quite different here – it makes sense to do it because the six yard area is not a safety box, but rather [just] a proposal!

“First of all we brought him here because of the things that he is already good at. That is what we want him to do.

“That is what the goalkeepers always do. It is not really rugby, it is goalkeeper training. All the boys did it. When Loris came he did it, all the goalkeepers do it, and Alisson is doing it as well, of course.

“We have these situations in training constantly when we do set pieces the box is full with 22 players. Maybe that is a bit much, but 15 certainly. It is busy, we do it often so that the goalkeeper gets used to that.

“It is all about timing. We will see how that is, but it is not that the goalkeeper has to change completely now for this league, we have to help him too in situations. That is how it is always is.”


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