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Alisson praises playmaker Joel Matip after conceding 3 goals in 4 – Liverpool FC

Alisson welcomed the return of the “consistency” that helped Liverpool hold three goals in four games so far and praised Joel Matip as a “playmaker”.

After a ridiculous injury campaign, the Reds were strengthened by the availability of Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez after a long absence.

So far, Matip and Van Dijk have been Jürgen Klopp’s first center-back pairing this season, with Gomez only playing as a late substitute as a left-back and Ibrahima Konate making his competitive debut.

It has paid off as Liverpool have cleared three times in their first four Premier League games and conceded the only goal in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

Sunday saw a 3-0 win over Leeds, with Matip playing a huge role in Mohamed Salah’s opener as his signature from the depths served as an important outlet for the Reds.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Sunday 12th September 2021: Liverpool's Joel Matip during the FA Premier League game between Leeds United FC and Liverpool FC on Elland Road.  (Image by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Alisson, who attended Liverpool’s press conference outside AC Milan on Tuesday, noted the unorthodox role of the number 32 as he praised the impact of his returning center-backs.

“It’s really good to have her back on the team. Not just for me, but for everyone, ”said Alisson.

“Virgil, Joel, Joey… these are the kind of players who make you feel safe. You can help us bring the consistency that is an integral part of the way we play.

“To win titles you need a constant team that plays and defends constantly.

“If you have the clean hand, you are halfway to victory. Hence, it is important for everyone to rely on them.

“And Joel also shows in the last match that he can also make his contribution as a playmaker!”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday 21st (Image by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Liverpool could have been more unintentionally absent for the trip to Elland Road if Alisson and Fabinho had been excluded due to a complaint from the Brazilian Football Association to FIFA.

With Premier League clubs blocking the convening of players traveling to Red List countries this month, Brazil requested a five-day ban on those unable to report for duty.

Fortunately, common sense prevailed and the two were ready to go, and Alisson is hoping for a positive resolution ahead of the next series of World Cup qualifiers in October.

“The way things have been in the world for the past two years, I think we are prepared for any situation,” he continued.

“I think we learned a lot from these difficult times we live in.

“This week was no different, I wasn’t sure if I was going to play or not, but I just had to be sure that I was ready for the game.

“My preparation was the same as for the other games and I’m really happy that all the teams – the national teams, the clubs, the Premier League, FIFA – worked together to find a solution to this situation.

“I also really trust that they will find a solution for the next international break. We have to talk about that now. “

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