Last season, Liverpool conceded 38 goals in the Premier League. To put that into context, that was just one fewer than Burnley.
This season, though, Jurgen Klopp’s have shipped just six goals in their 15 matches so far.
So, what’s been the difference?
Of course, Virgil van Dijk wasn’t at the club for the first half of last season so he’s no doubt played a role in that record.
But the signing of goalkeeper Alisson has made all the difference.
Last campaign, Klopp couldn’t make his mind up between Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius but there’s no doubting Liverpool’s number one right now.
The Reds broke the world transfer record for a goalkeeper when they splashed £67 million on Alisson in the summer but it’s already looking like money well spent.
Barring his gaffe against Leicester early in the campaign, the Brazilian has been faultless.
And against Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday, he demonstrated his importance perfectly.
Alisson produced a stunning injury-time save as Burnley looked to make it 2-2 right at the death.
Seconds afterward, he quickly distributed the ball and, four touches later, Xherdan Shaqiri made it 3-1.
It moved Liverpool back to within two points of Manchester City as they kept their title hopes alive.
It also prompted Daily Mail journalist, Dominic King, to tweet about Alisson’s importance to Klopp’s side - and why he was definitely worth £67 million.
“Come the end of the season, Alisson Becker will have been responsible for 10-12 points of @LFC’s total. The fuss around him in the opening weeks was for a reason. He and Ederson are playing different games to other goalkeepers,” King wrote.
LIVERPOOL FANS TOTALLY AGREE
And he’s spot on, according to Liverpool fans:
Liverpool finished a massive 25 points behind City last season but, with Alisson in their goal, they’re now keeping pace with Guardiola’s irresistible team.
And much of that is down to Alisson making crucial saves at crucial moments in matches.News Now - Sport News