Alisson Inspiring the Next Generation of Goalkeeping Talent at Liverpool
Liverpool’s U-23 Goalkeeping coach Mark Morris says the arrival of Alisson from Roma has been a big boon for the young academy keepers he coaches.
Alisson has earned rave reviews since arriving for a fee of £75m last summer and Morris told the Liverpool website that his influence is being felt beyond the first team.
“I work with the goalkeepers from U9s to U23s. We have trial days and the kids come in with the Alisson tops on. It's certainly nice to see.
"He's one of the best in the world, so you can't help but look up to the guy. What we try to encourage the boys to do is to watch him," says Morris. "And the way we play at Liverpool, the boys have to be calm on the ball. He fits the bill in terms of modern goalkeepers.
"How we play, we use him as an example to the boys - playing out from the back, seeing if the longer passes are on and trying to be calm with the team. He gives a level of calmness out from the back, which is vital for the way we play.
"He's the quickest I've seen. You strike a ball and as you strike the ball, you look up and you see the 'keeper going. I was striking the ball, looking up and he was already there. He's remarkably quick.
"In terms of goalkeeping, he doesn't take chances. If it needs to go, in terms of his handling, he doesn't try to catch something that he's struggling with - it goes. His decision-making is very, very good. He has a footballing brain and he's very, very quick."