Alisson equals Liverpool club record as Jurgen Klopp’s side recover to beat Burnley

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson equalled an 11-year club record set by Javier Mascherano during the Reds’ 3-1 win at Burnley on Wednesday.

The Brazilian has now gone through his first 15 Premier League games without tasting defeat, matching the run set by Mascherano when he signed for the club in 2007.

Liverpool went on to finish fourth that season under Rafa Benitez and with the Argentinean at the heart of their midfield they conceded just 28 goals, a record they look set to improve on this season.

The Reds’ defence has been breached just six times in the league – equalling a record held jointly by four teams for the fewest goals conceded at this stage of a season.

Alisson has equalled a club record that has stood for over a decade

Only Manchester United in 1985, Arsenal in 1990, and Chelsea in 2004 and 2008 have had a meaner defensive record after 15 games.

Liverpool had been maligned for a lack of stability in defence for the first two years of Jurgen Klopp’s reign, with their free-flowing, attacking style often undermined by individual mistakes and lapses in collective concentration.

The capture of Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton in January after a prolonged transfer saga was hailed as a turning point in the team’s fortunes, and so it has proved – the Dutchman quickly installed a sureness in Liverpool’s defence that had been missing during Klopp’s early months.

Alisson has been beaten just six times for Liverpool in the Premier League
Alisson has been beaten just six times for Liverpool in the Premier League

And the signing of Alisson from Roma last summer for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper put an end to years of consternation amongst fans about the goalkeeping position, a situation which culminated in two catastrophic mistakes committed by Loris Karius as Liverpool lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in June.

Liverpool trail Premier League leaders Manchester City by two points after Wednesday’s comeback win at Turf Moor, goals from Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri cancelling out Jack Cork’s opener for Burnley.

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