Liverpool were already eyeing up Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson long before he arrived at Anfield with his Roma side for a Champions League semi-final in April 2018.
But when he conceded five goals as Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 5-2 winners in the first leg, he must have thought his chances of signing for the Reds were over.
Not that he made any mistakes for the goals.
Liverpool progressed to the final against Real Madrid in Kiev as Alisson was forced to watch on.
And while we’re sure Alisson didn’t celebrate those two horrific Loris Karius mistakes, it opened the door for his move to Anfield.
During that summer transfer window, Liverpool spent a then world record £66.9 million fee on the goalkeeper.
To say it’s been money well spent would be a massive understatement.
He kept the most clean sheets last season as Liverpool conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League. They may have missed out on the title by a single point but Alisson’s performances in the Champions League saw them clinch the European Cup for a sixth time.
And despite an injury in the opening match of this season causing him to miss seven league matches, he leads the way in clean sheets once again.
If that doesn’t show his importance to this Liverpool side, the following stat will.
Alisson has only ever lost one match at Anfield. That’s right, that semi-final for Roma - 27 months ago - is the only defeat he’s experienced at Liverpool’s home.
The best goalkeeper in the world? Surely.
GIVEMESPORT’s Rob Hoskin says:
What a signing Alisson has proven to be. It’s not just his shot-stopping that makes him so important to Klopp’s side, it’s his presence. As a defender, when you know that a goalkeeper of Alisson’s standard is behind you, it must be so reassuring.
In his absence, Liverpool struggled to keep clean sheets with Adrian deputising.
In fact in the 11 Premier Leagues Adrian has featured in this season, Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets.
Then there’s THAT Champions League match against Atletico Madrid in which Adrian conceded three. If Alisson had played, Liverpool would probably be in the quarter-finals of the competition.
At the moment, Liverpool are pretty much unbeatable with Alisson in goal, especially at Anfield.
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