Because of the fanfare that came with Alisson’s arrival at Liverpool, many people glossed over Kepa Arrizabalaga’s arrival at Chelsea.
Chelsea were actually the first team linked with the Brazilian, although Merseyside ended up as his preferred destination.
Due to the hype surrounding Alisson’s performances for Brazil during the World Cup, there was huge excitement upon his arrival.
Because Arrizabalaga was second choice behind David de Gea for Spain, his arrival was accompanied by less of a fanfare.
And although their stats after 12 games weigh heavily in Alisson’s favour, Chelsea made the right decision in signing Arrizabalaga.
The Liverpool number one has kept seven clean sheets and conceded just five goals, whereas Arrizabalaga has six clean sheets and conceded eight.
Whilst for a goalkeeper those stats don’t shine favourably, Arrizabalaga’s attacking influence is more important.
He’s got a 85.34% pass completion rate – whilst Alisson’s is 79.45% – and has the fourth highest amount of passes by a goalkeeper.
In Maurizio Sarri’s system, having a goalkeeper who is comfortable in possession is vital.
And Alisson has shown that when put under pressure, he can mistakes with the ball at his feet.
So despite many Chelsea fans being angry that Alisson slipped through their fingers, Chelsea ended up with their perfect goalkeeper.