Alisson Becker has detailed the tactical tweak that helped Liverpool romp to a record-breaking victory over Crystal Palace.
The Reds registered the biggest-ever away top-flight win in the club’s history when they triumphed 7-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Liverpool, though, had to withstand a strong period of pressure during the first half before securing what was also their largest-ever Premier League winning margin.
And Alisson has explained how the visiting defence altered their playing style to ultimately earn only a fourth clean sheet in the league this season.
“If you just see the scoresheet you see it was an easy game for Liverpool, but it wasn’t,” said the goalkeeper. “We had to work really hard here.
“It’s always tough to play against Crystal Palace away because of the way they play. They like to put the balls in behind and we like to press them and sometimes they came out of this pressure of ours.
“But on those moments we did really well, buying some time, dropping a little bit, the defensive line dropped a little bit to buy some time for the other players to come back and help to defend. That’s why, I believe, we got the clean sheet.
“Then after, with the ball we did really, really well – great.”
Liverpool are four points clear at the top after 14 games and lead the Premier League for the third Christmas in succession.
Alisson, though, is adamant the Reds are ignoring their title rivals and just concentrating on their own form.
“It’s good, you put pressure on the opponents, the other teams who are there fighting for first place,” said the Brazilian to liverpoolfc.com after Liverpool’s win.
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“But we are only thinking about ourselves, thinking about what we can do on the pitch.
“So, when you get three points with a great performance you will be happy.”