Liverpool coach explains Alisson approach to claiming crosses

by Sambafoot
19/05/2020 1:32 PM

Liverpool goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson has explained the process behind Alisson’s ability to claim crosses.

The Brazilian has built a reputation as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world since moving to Anfield in the summer of 2018.

“We cross into different areas of the box, we have unopposed work, opposed work, we have players running across the goalkeepers and we look at all the different types of cross and corner routines that might come in,” Robinson told the Liverpool website.

“It’s about repetition of practice and repetition of different scenarios, so that when the goalkeeper goes into the game, they’ve hopefully seen these scenarios and experienced it enough times that they recognise the cues quickly and to act quickly on that action.”

“A lot of the work that we do as a team is about being in the right position and to get the focus on that. The way to do it is to obviously talk to your defenders, so communicating to them keeps you focused in the game.

“Being in the right position then allows you to make the right decision if the ball is played over the top. Having that concentration is down to your character.

“Understanding the game as well, ‘OK, what’s likely to happen if we’ve got the ball in this position and we lose it, where’s the ball likely to go?’ So reading the game and understanding where the ball is going to go is an important factor.”

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