Assured Alisson illustrates Liverpool’s ability to learn and improve

The Brazilian goalkeeper has picked up the Golden Gloves award in his first season in England and his crucial saves have taken his club into another Champions League final

Alisson was dissecting a first mistake as Liverpool’s goalkeeper when he revealed his philosophical side. “The secret of the wise man,” he reflected in September, “is to learn from the errors of others.” What applied to a moment’s hesitation at Leicester is also true of Liverpool’s approach to a second Champions League final appearance in two years. This time confidence is rooted in the foundations of Jürgen Klopp’s team as well as its front line.

Defeat in Kiev last May did not trigger Liverpool’s £65m investment in a replacement for Loris Karius. Inquiries had been made in January as to the Roma keeper’s availability. The final did, however, underline how vulnerabilities – goalkeeper and strength in depth in Liverpool’s case – can be exposed at the defining moment. Addressing the two were priorities last summer for Klopp who, when reviewing the calamitous defeat by Real Madrid, said: “Accept it and learn from it for next time.” Next time has come around fast, thanks in no small part to the contribution of the keeper from Novo Hamburgo.

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