The surprise Alisson Becker statistic as Liverpool duo seal World Cup last 16 spot after Brazil beat Switzerland
Alisson Becker and Fabinho Tavares were the two Liverpool stars named in the Brazil squad that travelled to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Roberto Firmino surprisingly missed the cut, but the Reds still have two names in the Selecao Canarinho. Fabinho has been benched in favour of Casemiro of Manchester United.
Alisson, meanwhile, started in both games – against Serbia in a 2-0 win and against Switzerland where they won 1-0 earlier today (28 November). But Squawka have highlighted a curious stat about the former AS Roma goalkeeper.
He is yet to make a single save for Brazil in the tournament. That is certainly odd and perhaps an ode to their team’s defence and midfield whereby they have rendered Alisson’s job as one of the easiest possible ones in the tournament.
Brazil all the way to the final?
Brazil have faced 11 combined shots in both games but none of them have been on target. He has, in the process, amassed two clean sheets in two games.
Only Morocco and Poland have kept two clean sheets in the World Cup so far. His job is expected to be an easy one when the Brazilians take on Cameroon on 2 December in their final group-stage game.
Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur was on fire for the Brazilians against the Serbians and a Neymar-less Brazil were quite deserving of the win against the Swiss. They have a squad that runs deep.
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And it is very likely that Brazil have a good run in Qatar. Alisson and Fabinho, in that process, could become the first players to have been playing for Liverpool when they won the World Cup trophy since Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres did for Spain in 2010.