Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson matches David De Gea’s Premier League clean sheet record but will not be able to beat Petr Cech
Liverpool have had a extremely impressive season regardless of whether they are able to win the Premier League or not.
While there have been a number of players who have starred for Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders, goalkeeper Alisson Becker can rightly consider himself to be among that category, having made an impact at the club since his £65million move from Roma last summer.
Alisson, briefly the most expensive goalkeeper in history, before Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga, has kept 18 clean sheets this campaign, putting him level with David De Gea (2017/18) and Joe Hart (2010/11).
After Klopp lost patience with the hapless duo of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, Alisson has been a steadying influence at the back and reached his recent clean sheet total when he thwarted Chelsea and in particular, Eden Hazard on Sunday.
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Following the match, Klopp praised the performance of his goalkeeper and the role he played in helping them back to the top.
“There were 10 minutes when Chelsea changed their system and had their chances and Alisson saved our life,” Klopp said.
There is the chance for him to go second on the all-time list, which would take him on to 22 should he manage not to concede again.
Unfortunately, with four games remaining, the 26-year-old will not be able to match the all-time Premier League record, which belongs to Petr Cech who kept a ludicrous 24 clean sheets in 2004/05, when Chelsea let in only 15 goals in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge and went on to win the title.
Only three goalkeepers in Premier League history have kept 20 or more clean sheets in a campaign, the aforementioned Cech, along with Liverpool shot-stopper, Pepe Reina, on 20 (2005/06), while Edwin van der Sar made 21 shut-outs in 2008/09.
MOST PREMIER LEAGUE CLEAN SHEETS SINCE 2004/05
2004-05 Petr Cech (Chelsea) – 24
2005-06 Pepe Reina (Liverpool) – 20
2006-07 Pepe Reina (Liverpool) – 19
2007-08 Pepe Reina (Liverpool) – 18
2008-09 Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United) – 21
2009-10 Petr Cech (Chelsea) – 17
2010-11 Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 18
2011-12 Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 17
2012-13 Joe Hart Manchester City) – 18
2013-14 Petr Cech & Wojciech Szczesny (Chelsea & Arsenal) – 16
2014-15 Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 14
2015-16 Petr Cech (Arsenal) – 16
2016-17 Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – 16
2017-18 David de Gea (Manchester United) – 18
Source: Prem News