Peter Crouch: Alisson injury gives Kelleher his chance at Liverpool

Peter Crouch says Liverpool will miss Alisson, but Caoimhin Kelleher is now getting a chance to shine

Alisson was giving the ball away for fun against City – some people might’ve said he was City’s best player at one stage in the game!

But we all know he’s great goalkeeper. He’s worth six or seven points a season at least in my view, he’s that good.


It’s like Peter Schmeichel was for Man United, he could nick points – and titles – with the saves he’d make.

When Alisson first arrived at Liverpool with Van Dijk, I felt those were crucial to making Liverpool title contenders. So obviously he’s a huge loss for Liverpool now.

I’ve seen a lot of Caoimhin Kelleher though and think he’s a very good keeper.

It’s a great opportunity for him now.

You stay at a big club like Liverpool to get this chance.

I wonder if I should’ve don it in my career more. You might not play all the time but you’re involved in massive games.

There are pros and cons to staying or leaving – he could ‘ve always gone to another club, but is he going to challenge for a league title with them? Probably not.

Now he’s going to be part potentially of a title race.

Onana Calamities

Andre Onana was at fault for all three goals against Galatasaray in my view – I don’t know how he gets beat at the near post on the third one.

The first free-kick is not as bad as the second one, but on that you’re wondering “oh my God, what are you doing?!”

He’s obviously got a lot of good attributes and he’s a good goalkeeper, but he’s having a shocker.#

I met him covering a game for TNT this season with Rio Ferdinand and he seems very confident – he’d made a mistake in that game but it seemed like water off a duck’s back and that he has a strong enough character to deal with it.

But Man United are scoring goals in these games, and as a forward, there’s nothing worse than when you’re keeper’s throwing them in at the other end.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – NOVEMBER 08: Andre Onana of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between F.C. Copenhagen and Manchester United at Parken Stadium on November 08, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

You end up feeling like you can’t do any more.

And the keeper obviously knows they’re letting the team down too.

Onana seems very confident and must know that it can’t carry on like this.

Sinbins for football?

Sin bins would definitely cut things out – time-wasting, feigning injuries, things like that – so it’s not the worst idea.

And it’s true that red cards can ruin games, making it attack v defence which isn’t great. And they’re far more common than they used to be so we’re used to seeing big games turn on sendings off.

But it feels to me that this has just always been part of the game.

Everyone know the rules, and teams learn how to cope with ten men, how to approach games when they’re had someone sent off.

In all honesty, I quite like the game of cat-and-mouse between sides sometimes when it happens, seeing how they handle it and try to have an impact when they’re a man down.

So I’m don’t think sin bins are for me.

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