Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted his surprise at how good summer signing Alisson is.
The Brazilian goalkeeper joined Liverpool from Roma for £65m in July and quickly came in to replace Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet as the club’s number one.
Who is Liverpool’s most surprising player this season? Five key things to know…
- Liverpool made four key signings in the summer, bringing Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to the club.
- All four have played their part in the Reds leading the Premier League at the halfway stage, hoping to win their first title since 1990.
- They have integrated well with the rest of the Liverpool squad, including Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
- But Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is surprised with how good Alisson has been for Liverpool.
- Alisson has averaged 5.75 saves per goal conceded in the Premier League this season.
Alisson has been pivotal in Liverpool’s start to the season, conceding just eight goals in 20 Premier League games as the Reds remain unbeaten at the top of the table.
The goalkeeper has already proven his worth with vital saves too, including one in the Champions League against Napoli, stopping his side from bowing out at the group stages.
Despite the high fee paid for Alisson in the summer and the kind words said about the goalkeeper, Klopp has admitted he did not expect the Brazilian to be as good as he has been.
“Well, maybe that Ali is such a good football player,” he told ESPN Brasil when asked which Liverpool player has surprised him this season.
“It was always very clear that he was a very influential player with the ball, but that he’s this good I didn’t see it, honestly – maybe because of a different style Roma played.
“That was a little bit of a surprise, and a very nice surprise.”
Liverpool will be hoping Alisson can perform his defensive work once more when they face Manchester City on Thursday in what is tipped as being the biggest game of the season so far.
Klopp’s high praise for Alisson
This is not the first time Klopp has spoken of his surprise in Alisson, with the German previously stating he would have happily paid double the £65m fee had he known the extent of his abilities.
Speaking after Liverpool’s narrow win over Napoli in the Champions League, in which Alisson’s save kept the Reds in the competition, Klopp said: “The goalie made the save of the season.
“I have no clue how he made that save … Thank God we have him.
“If I’d known how good he was, I’d have paid double.
“I think nobody expected a save in that situation. It’s a goal, no?”
At the time of his signing, Alisson cost a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, though it would shortly be exceeded by the £72m spent by Chelsea on Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard has also started life fairly well in the Premier League, conceding 16 goals and keeping nine clean sheets – second only to Alisson’s 12.