Two months after Loris Karius’s disastrous performance for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Jurgen Klopp conceded he needed a more reliable goalkeeper in order to boost the club’s chances of winning trophies.
He convinced the Reds to splash out a then-world record fee for AS Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who cost a reported £67 million.
Fast-forward five months, however, and Alisson has already gone a long way to paying off that eye-watering transfer fee.
Without Alisson in goal, there’s a very good chance that Liverpool would now be out of this season’s Champions League.
The 26-year-old produced one of the most important saves of Liverpool’s season in the dying seconds against Napoli on Tuesday night.
Arkadiusz Milik was presented with a golden opportunity to send Napoli through to the knockout stages at the Reds’ expense, but the Polish forward was denied from point-blank range by the brilliant Alisson, whose impact at Anfield cannot be understated.
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Liverpool fans’ love and appreciation for Alisson has gone through the roof following his latest heroics.
However, former Liverpool striker - and current club ambassador, let’s not forget - Michael Owen raised eyebrows with comments about Alisson’s save inside the BT Sport studio.
“Listen, it’s not the greatest save in the world,” Owen said, much to the disbelief of fans, “but wow, is it important.”
Moments after angering the Liverpool fans, the former England international then confused viewers by describing Alisson’s stop as “fabulous”.
“He’s quick off his line, he makes himself big,” Owen added. “That [save] alone probably gets his transfer fee back for him. Getting into the next round you’re talking tens of millions.
“It’s a fabulous save; sharp off his line, [Dejan] Lovren probably breathed a huge sigh of relief!”
Hold on a minute, Michael.
You can’t play down the save and then seconds later describe it as “fabulous” - it’s either one or the other, surely.
Watch Owen’s bizarre analysis here…
Liverpool fans quickly took to social media to berate the 38-year-old, who is far from the most popular former Red thanks to his three-year spell with arch-rivals Manchester United towards the end of his career.
Owen is a much-maligned pundit and he’s done himself no favours with these latest comments.
Alisson’s save was excellent, if only because of the importance and timing.
Sure there have been more technically impressive saves from other goalkeepers this season, but none of them were more invaluable than the Brazilian’s.