Alisson Becker has made an immediate impact at Liverpool following his move from AS Roma in the summer.
The Reds can now boast about having the joint-best defence in the Premier League, conceding just five goals in 13 matches.
Jurgen Klopp did what was required to bring a world-class goalkeeper to the club, spending a then-world record fee of £66.9 million on Alisson.
And he’s now reaping the benefits of that investment.
Alisson’s acquisition has also helped Liverpool to top their Champions League group.
Ahead of the penultimate round of group stage fixtures, Klopp’s side sit above Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.
It’s incredibly tight, though - Liverpool and Napoli both have six points, PSG have five and Red Star Belgrade are on four - and tonight’s encounter in the Parc des Princes is huge.
Buffon gives his opinion on Alisson
Gianluigi Buffon and Alphonse Areola have traded appearances this season but Thomas Tuchel will select the Italian in goal, according to L’Equipe.
And Buffon has an enormous amount of respect for Alisson, insisting his success in England isn’t a surprise.
“Alisson is everything a modern goalkeeper needs to be,” the 40-year-old told the Mirror.
“Liverpool have conceded very few goals this season – and he might be a new name for those in England but for me it is no surprise.
“I have been watching him for some years now and am a big admirer.
“He is comfortable with the ball, he is an excellent shot stopper and I see that he gives confidence to his defence.
“He is one of the top three goalkeepers in the world right now and has everything to go on and be a great of his position.”
High praise indeed.
Alisson is part of a new era of goalkeepers who are adept with the ball at their feet and Buffon spoke of the way the position has changed through the years.
“When I started playing the question you asked about goalkeepers was: How good are they with their hands? Now the question is how good are they with their feet?,” he added.News Now - Sport News