Liverpool's Alisson: I'm not making fun of rivals with my risk-taking
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has told ESPN Brasil he fits "perfectly" into Jurgen Klopp's style of play and stressed that the risks he takes with the ball at his feet are always "calculated."
Alisson, who arrived from Roma in July in a £65 million transfer, was cheered at Anfield on the weekend when he calmly chipped the ball over Brighton and Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert during Liverpool's 1-0 win.
The Brazil No. 1 insists such moves are not for show and, instead, to help Liverpool retain possession and remain on the front foot.
"I have fitted perfectly in the team and in the team's style of play," the 25-year-old said. "[Liverpool] like [the goalkeeper] to participate in the offensive phase and in shaping the game from the back.
"It gives me a lot of confidence to play with my feet and I have to be focused for 90 minutes. It has similar characteristics to the [Brazil national team].
"In Rome I was already trying to help in shaping the game but the style was a little bit different to what we do at Liverpool.
"I am very happy to be in this great club, with players of great quality and within the pitch they are showing a lot of confidence in me. I feel confident to do that here.
"It is already calculated. I take risks. Fans with heart problems have to be careful! But on the pitch, as I said before, I do not try to make of fun of a rival. It's not to show that I can do this or that, but to help the team. It is to achieve targets.
"I make a dribble or a simple pass, knowing that if I lose the ball near the area the opponent can score. I am aware of what I do on the pitch, but I always do it to help the team. That's why occasionally I also boot the ball into the stands."
Alisson has yet to concede a goal since arriving at Liverpool, with his three clean sheets helping take the Reds to the top of the Premier League after three games.
He had been a long-term target of the Merseyside club, who pounced on his availability to beat competition from Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Alisson revealed a discussion with Klopp before committing to a six-year contract was crucial in convincing him Anfield was the perfect destination for career progression.
"[Klopp] is a person who gives himself 100 percent to what he is doing," Alisson said. "The chat I had with him [before joining Liverpool] is one of the things that left me more calm.
"He showed his interest in having me, not only the club's interest but also his. It was a long interview despite my staggered English, but we understood each other well.
"He told me about how he works, how I would fit into the squad, how I also could grow personally here. He told me a little bit about the project -- a project with a winning mindset.
"Now that I am inside I am aware that everything he told me is a reality. It is a club that treats you like a family, even the fans. They are very warm; they are famous for it around the whole world. It is a very big club.
"I was very well received by my teammates and by Klopp. He also treats the players really well off the pitch. On the pitch, he is also a tremendously intelligent manager. He prepares the game in a very precise way during the week, placing all players on the pitch to make us aware of what we are going to find on the pitch [during the game] and also giving resources about the offensive and defensive movements."
Liverpool travel to Leicester City on Saturday, hoping to keep their 100-percent win record intact ahead of the upcoming international break.
"It's a club that has everything to achieve big things," Alisson added. "We have started the season very well, but we have to keep our feet on the ground.
"The Premier League is a very closely contested league. The first three games were difficult against less-known teams. Now we are going to start facing more well-known rivals like Leicester and, after the national-team break, we will play against Tottenham. It will also be a decisive match."