Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that Loris Karius is not "fired" because he is getting closer to a loan with Besiktas – but the improvement without the keeper is noticeable this season.
The German is on the eve of a two-year £ 2.2 million temporary deal with the Turkish club, which is obliged to buy it for another £ 7.25 million by 2020 if the appearance and European qualification criteria are met.
Karius, who made two errors in the final defeat of the Champions League, has been replaced by Alisson Becker – who has kept clean sheets in his first two matches.
"It is normal in football, it happens with managers: as a manager you usually do not need much time between one game and the other to get hold of the bag!" Klopp said.
"It's not the looting, it's only change, that's football, no problem with that."
The impact of Alisson was immediate and he could only become the fourth goalkeeper in the last 51 seasons after Bruce Grobbelaar, Pepe Reina and the man who would be his deputy on Saturday against Brighton – Simon Mignolet – to keep clean sheets in the first three matches of a competition campaign. The Belgian has done the performance twice.
How many of these two clean sheets has Alisson mined and how much is the result of the quality of opponents. West Ham and Crystal Palace are open for discussion.
However, the Brazilian international has given a new dimension to the Liverpool match with its goalkeeper skills – which have not yet been fully tested – and its distribution.
"Good player, very good player and not only a goalkeeper but also a player so that is pretty cool", said Klopp of the man who had at the time imposed a prize money of £ 65 million for a goalkeeper when he arrived this summer.
"He gives us a few (offensive) chances, so that's cool too, I like that."
Not all improvements can be put as Alisson's feet, however, since their defeat against Tottenham last season, October 4-1, Liverpool has the best defense level of the Premier League.
Klopp wanted to emphasize that this was because of the way the team works now.
"You (the media) tell me that if we admit goals, it is our defense and you tell a lot about the middle halves or the keeper who is responsible – defending is always a team thing", said the Reds boss.
"We have not only done well this season, because we have been well defending for a longer period.
"We are an offensive team based on the best possible organization and that means that organization is important in offensive and defensive matters, and it is something that we are constantly working on.
"Every game we go in is probably 60 or 70 percent." We talk about our defense and what we can do to create stability, you have to do a few offensive things.
"We have improved that step by step, but it has to stay that way, this season twice (we've had) a clean slate, but at the end of the season we have only two clean sheets that nobody is happy about."
On the other side of the field, Sadio Mane, the man overshadowed by the goalscoring performances of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino last season, this time the standard.
The Senegal international, which is still in talks about a new contract with the club, is the top scorer of the Premier League with three goals – alongside Sergio Aguero and Everton & # 39; s Richarlison.
Klopp added, "We knew we would get a good player if we were to contract him from Southampton, did we know exactly how well, I would not say that."