Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has told ESPN that Thursday’s Premier League clash with Leicester City marks a “decisive moment” in the club’s attempt to end its 30-year wait to become champions of England.
While second-placed Leicester lost at Manchester City to remain 10 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders, Liverpool claimed a third major trophy in 2019 by beating Flamengo in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Qatar.
Another victory at Leicester would see Liverpool stretch their lead over Brendan Rodgers’ team to 13 points, having played one game fewer.
And Alisson, ranked the No. 1 goalkeeper in ESPN FC 100, told ESPN that Liverpool are now in a key period of their title challenge.
“There’s a big moment and decisive moment arriving for us in the Premier League, and you need to stay focused on the moment,” he said. “You cannot think on the long [term].
“You just need to look for what you have in front of you to not miss the moment, to not miss the chances that you have. If you want to win the Premier League, you need to try to win every game and I think against Leicester will be the same.
“They have a great team. They are in a good moment, and we just need to give our best on the pitch to try to beat them.”
Liverpool’s title drought dates back to 1990, and their failure to lift the Premier League trophy is an issue that Klopp and his players are desperate to end this season.
And Alisson, who arrived from AS Roma in the summer of 2018, said that Liverpool supporters are reminding the players of the need to win the league title at every opportunity.
“For sure,” he added. “I think all the players, all the people who work in the club are listening to that, because this would be massive for the fans.
“It would be massive for us. We know how difficult it is to win the Premier League.
“Last season we were nearly one point in behind, and yes, we will try to do our best to make that happen.”