Liverpool fans couldn’t quite get enough of Alisson after the Brazilian goalkeeper had dream debut in the Reds’ 5-0 romp over Napoli on Saturday and while manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he was impressed with his goalkeeper, he still feels there’s scope for improvement.
“He’s quite a good footballer – probably as good as the goalie he is! An all-round good performance for the first game, especially because I think everyone can imagine what happens inside a human being in a situation like that, playing the first game after all the things that were written about it and all that stuff,” Klopp gushed at his post-match press conference in Dublin, Ireland.
Alisson, the world’s most expensive custodian of all time after his £66 million move from Roma in July, is touted as the man to end Liverpool’s long-standing goalkeeping woes.
“Playing against Napoli, it was the strongest side we played so far, 100 per cent – they had nearly a full squad here and it can look completely different. He was very, very aware of all situations when he was needed behind a high last line.”
Crucially, the standout moment from Alisson’s debut was not one where he made a crucial stop, but a jaw-dropping 50 yard pass to release Mohamed Salah on the right wing.
“We involved him a lot in our build-up, but we need to get used to that a little bit more still – that’s clear (and) he needs to get used to it a little bit more, but there were a lot of good build-up situations, so that helps. But at the end he’s there to catch balls and he did that in all the decisive moments today, so I’m really pleased.”
That pinged ball to Salah proved that the South American is adept with his feet and crucially, can find one of his side’s attackers to immediately turn defence into attack.
Liverpool next play Torino on Tuesday night, but it is unlikely that Alisson will feature again as Loris Karius is primed to get the nod in the Reds’ final pre-season fixture of the summer.
Among the favourites for the Premier League title, Klopp’s men open their 2018/18 campaign with a home fixture against West Ham United on August 12.