Premier League News: Alisson believes Liverpool ‘hold together’ after penalty save helped Reds defeat West Ham

    Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson said he and his teammates told each other to “stick together” during their recent tough period in form.

    The Reds only won two of their first eight Premier League games as they stopped talking about the title race in the first weeks of the season.

    However, back-to-back 1-0 home wins over Manchester City and West Ham brought back some of the feel-good factor at Anfield, with the Brazilian’s penalty save on Wednesday helping his team narrowly beat the Hammers.

    A 22nd-minute header from Darwin Nunez gave Liverpool the lead before Joe Gomez knocked Jarrod Bowen down in the box shortly before half-time.

    However, Alisson dived to the right to save Bowen’s penalty before some defensive nervousness in the second half eventually saw Jurgen Klopp’s men win.

    Speaking to Amazon Prime after the game, Alisson said: “From the start of the season, we have big goals to win trophies, to fight for every competition we enter.

    “Things were not going well for us. We’re off to a good start with the Community Shield [victory] against Man City, an important game against an important, big opponent. It gave us a bit of confidence, but we didn’t use it in the Premier League and then we suddenly lost confidence during games, we also lost players to injuries.

    “And that’s what has affected the team, the rhythm, some players are coming back after not playing for a long time. All the circumstances around had a little effect on us. On the field, too, the game was not so bad, but it was not enough to score three points to win.

    “We just stick together – we talked about this a lot, to stick together in this difficult time, in a difficult moment. Work hard, work every day – not just on matchdays.

    “Now something is coming out, the results are coming, but we shouldn’t be too happy about it. We have to stand on our own two feet and just stick together and keep working because it’s a long and hard season for everyone.”

    Alisson has conceded only seven of the 13 penalties he has faced in the Premier League (54%, with two saved and four off the net), the lowest percentage of any goalkeeper to have taken at least 10 penalties in the competition.

    Nunes’ goal was his first at Anfield as a Liverpool player and his fifth in all competitions since moving from Benfica at the end of last season.

    “We help him a lot, we keep him very close,” Alisson said of the Uruguayan striker, who made six shots against West Ham before being taken off before the hour was up.

    “He’s a really good guy. I know that it is not easy, it is very difficult to settle down in another country. When I came here, I knew a little more English than he did – he is studying. He works hard at it – not only on the field, but also off it, to learn English.

    “He is a really disciplined person and we are trying to help him, to help Lucho. [Luis Diaz]. We are a really strong team that works together and stays together the whole time we are at the training ground.

    “Sometimes off the field we get together to spend time together – and this is important not only for him, but for his family, and for all our families.”

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