‘Better Than All Of Them’ ‘Disrespected Heavily’ Fans Furious As Liverpool Star Is Omitted From Award’s Shortlist

‘Better Than All Of Them’ ‘Disrespected Heavily’ Fans Furious As Liverpool Star Is Omitted From Award’s Shortlist

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has not been nominated for the 2023 Ballon d’Or Yashin trophy.

The organisers confirmed a ten-man shortlist, including four Premier League keepers: Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale, Manchester City’s Ederson, Manchester United’s Andre Onana and Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez.

AC Milan’s Mike Maignan, Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou, Lens’ Brice Samba, Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, Fenerbahce’s Dominik Livakovic and Barcelona Marc-Andre ter Stegen made up the other nominees. Reds fans on X can’t understand why Alisson was overlooked in favour of some of these keepers:

Alisson was statistically the best keeper in the Premier League last season

Based on numbers from Opta, Alisson conceded 10.1 goals fewer than he should have done during the 2022/23 campaign.

The figures subtract the actual number of goals he let in from his post-shot xG faced figures. His nearest rival was Fulham’s Bernd Leno (+9.0).

Ramsdale (-2.0), Ederson (-4.8) had pretty terrible seasons in comparison, while Emi Martinez (+2.6) had an above-average one.

Liverpool’s poor season has affected perceptions

The fact that Jurgen Klopp’s side had a rather poor twelve months in comparison to previous years has clearly coloured the opinions of those compiling the shortlist.

It’s a real shame that Alisson won’t be recognised for what was a really outstanding campaign.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.