Alisson should be ‘monitoring progress’ of a young goalkeeper, according to Liverpool coach.
After Alisson’s success at Anfield, Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach has a stellar reputation.
The Liverpool goalkeeping coach who recommended Alisson Becker is now on the lookout for a new star. Because of his friendship with South American goalkeeper Doni, John Achterberg was able to pick up on Alisson’s growing reputation in Europe before his £67 million arrival in 2018.
Alisson drew attention during his only season at AS Roma, as he helped the team reach the Champions League’s latter rounds before being knocked out by Liverpool en route to the final.
Jurgen Klopp sought to replace Lorius Karius at the end of the season, and the Reds made him the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
Klopp chose Alisson after receiving a tip from Achterberg, who had been keeping tabs on the Brazilian’s improvement.
Achterberg has spoken about how he assisted Liverpool in signing Alisson with the support of Doni.
“Many years ago, Doni informed me that I should keep a watch on a young goalkeeper in Brazil,” he stated.
“‘Keep an eye on Alisson Becker — he’s got something,’ he added. So I kept track of his progress and kept a close eye on him when he was playing for Roma in Serie A. His name came up while the club was looking for a new goalkeeper.
“I don’t have any say in our budgets, and I can’t determine which keeper we’ll hire, but I can give recommendations on keepers.” And, when the time came, I was glad to share what I had learned.” Following Alisson’s success, supporters may be intrigued by Achterberg’s revelation that he is presently following Feyenoord’s Justin Bijlow, a talented goalkeeper in the Netherlands.
“The progress Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow is making at club level – and with Holland – is encouraging,” Achterberg said.
“I speak with Khalid Benlahsen, his goalkeeping coach at Feyenoord, on a regular basis.
“I’m simply saying I’m keeping an eye on him; I’m not saying Liverpool should pay attention to him.”
Bijlow came via Feyenoord’s academy and began making more appearances for the first squad last season.
He has began the new season as Arne Slot’s first-choice goalkeeper, and has so far played an important part in the Dutch Eredivisie and UEFA Europa Conference League.
Klopp will not be seeking to replace Alisson anytime soon, given that he is still 29 years old and in his prime.
“Brinkwire Summary News” describes Achterberg’s public interest in Bijlow.