Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has received a ringing endorsement from the club’s £56million summer signing Alisson Becker.
The Brazil keeper has impressed since joining Liverpool from Roma, having kept eight clean sheets in all competitions and proving himself a strong replacement, who was sent on a two-year loan to Besiktas.
Karius’ Champions League final nightmare signalled the end of his career at Anfield – with much of the blame on the German’s performance being levelled at goalkeeper coach Achterberg, who has become a point of contention among Liverpool fans who deem him to be of insufficient quality.
Jurgen Klopp leapt to the defence of the Dutchman at the start of the season, and Alisson has now weighed in.
“I’m really happy,” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.
“John has proved to be not just a great goalkeeping coach but a great guy, a great person. Since I arrived I’ve noticed he’s loved by all here.
“He leaves me very calm and relaxed on a day-to-day basis and we learn from each other’s work. I’ve pointed out some areas that contribute to his work and likewise he has helped me with things I can improve in on the pitch.
“I believe the relationship between a goalkeeper and the goalkeeping coach needs to be an exchange, with a great deal of trust, and we have been developing this as a team, training together, and I’m getting on great with the other keepers.
“Kamil [Grabara] and Caoimhin [Kelleher] are players with great potential. I learn from them on the pitch as well.
“And of course there’s Simon [Mignolet], who has been at Liverpool a long time and a long time in the Premier League. He has been helping me a great deal in the day-to-day training and in games.
“They have all shown themselves to be great guys, great people.”
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