The Brazilian has been instrumental for Liverpool this season, pulling out the big stops and saving his team’s blushes during what has been a testing campaign so far.
It’s far from ideal to have to sing the praises of your goalkeeper on a consistent basis as Alisson shouldn’t be required as much as he has been.
He may only have four clean sheets in the league from 14 appearances but his post-shot XG minus goals conceded is +7.6, which essentially means he has saved 7.6 goals more than expected this season.
Good signs for #England going into the #WorldCup as both #Pickford & #Pope have been class#MUFC’s #DeGea had the worst form of any Spanish GK!#Sa #Travers & #Bazunu are struggling pic.twitter.com/NVjc16Mdr2
— John Harrison (@Jhdharrison1) November 19, 2022
The ranking is based on a GK xG model which “looks at every shot faced, cross faced, through ball faced and distribution attempted and calculates the probability of a goal occurring for and against the GK’s team before the event and after the event occurs.”
It means that every goalkeeper action is measured, evaluated and fairly compared, with the overall table measuring “the GK’s value to their side vs. if their side had a league average goalkeeper.”
Alisson (+4.83) heads the list of ‘above Premier League average’ goalkeepers which includes Fabianski (+4.36), Jordan Pickford (+4.22), Nick Pope (+4.19), David Raya (+3.86), Emiliano Martinez (3.14), Bernd Leno (2.58), Ederson (1.98), Vicente Guaita (1.46) and Aaron Ramsdale (+0.91).
They don’t make them much better than Alisson.