‘A fantastic boy and a fantastic goalkeeper’: Alisson earns praise from Jurgen Klopp for key role in helping Liverpool towards Premier League title
- Alisson Becker has become crucial figure in goal for Liverpool this season
- Boss Jurgen Klopp highlighted the impact of the Brazilian on the league leaders
- Alisson drew attention for hug with Mohamed Salah in Manchester United win
- Victory over Wolves could see Liverpool open 16-point lead in Premier League
The Brazil international arrived on Merseyside for a colossal fee in July 2018 but the £64.6million Liverpool paid Roma to sign Alisson has been money well-spent and been crucial in turning Klopp’s side into proven winners.
Alisson has made headlines this week, following his 100-yard dash to celebrate with Mohamed Salah after assisting the Egyptian’s goal against Manchester. It is the quality of what he has done between the posts, though, that has so impressed Klopp.
Alisson drew attention for his celebration with Mo Salah in victory over Manchester United
Though Alisson missed eight weeks at the beginning of the campaign after tearing his calf muscle, he has returned seamlessly and will be looking to help Liverpool extend a run of 675 Premier League minutes without conceding a goal at Wolves tomorrow night.
‘As a goalkeeper we knew what we would get,’ said Klopp, whose side will look to extend their lead at the top of the table to 16 points at Molineux.
‘Yes he made steps, which is normal. As a person he has exceeded the expectation, he is an outstanding guy.
‘We have a lot of really good guys but he is a very special person and that’s great from that point of view. Apart from that we knew we would get a really good goalkeeper. His character, how calm he is, helps us a lot.
‘His goalkeeper techniques improved, making difficult things look easy but (hopefully) he stays like this. As a goalkeeper you make a mistake and the ball is in the goal – that is their life. I know Ali doesn’t take it for granted, so I don’t take it for granted. A fantastic boy and a fantastic goalkeeper.’
Jurgen Klopp hailed the ability and the character of his Brazilian No 1 since joining Liverpool
Liverpool have been able to stretch clear in the race for the title this year despite having a number of fitness issues but Klopp hopes the physio room will soon be clear after Dejan Lovren returned to full training on Monday; Fabinho also played his first game for six weeks against Manchester United.
James Milner, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are yet to be given the green light to start training with the squad but Klopp had news on Shaqiri, who has been linked with a loan move to Roma. He will not let the Swiss move in January – nor will he allow anyone else to go this month.
Xerdan Shaqiri will not be allowed to leave Liverpool this month according to Klopp
‘We had the majority of December and January a bench full of kids,’ said Klopp.
‘Wonderful kids but kids so how could we think about giving a player to anyone? I don’t understand that. It’s not about Shaq, it’s pretty much everybody.
‘We just have to keep them for sorting our situation and not the situation for different clubs. If someone came and asked properly…but that didn’t happen. Maybe they are desperate, whatever, and we think but there is absolutely no intention from our side to do anything.’