Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped
praise on goalkeeper Alisson Becker after the Brazilian made a string of
impressive saves during the club’s 1-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League.
The Reds had come into the game in a must-win situation and they had to sweat
it out for the victory after holding onto a slender advantage for vast parts of
Speaking after the match, Klopp was full of
praise for Alisson, who made numerous saves including one during the dying
stages which ensured the club’s progress into the knockouts, he said: “If I
knew Alisson was this good I would have paid double. It was not only one save.
He had a lot of things to do tonight.
“How cool and calm he was with the ball
helps us a lot in our buildup situations. When he comes out for crosses he is
outstanding. And, yes, that save was just incredible. The game was outstanding,
unbelievable. The boys played with their whole hearts on the pitch. Our
offensive defending, our offensive pressing was some of the best I’ve ever saw.”
Liverpool paid a sum of around £67m to prise Alisson away from Roma during the summer after Klopp witnessed some shambolic keeping from Loris Karius during the Champions League final against Real Madrid last season. Since then, the Brazilian has lived up to the expectations with a number of standout performances with the sole notable mistake coming against Leicester City, where he conceded needlessly trying to pass the ball within the box.
Alisson is currently leading the Premier League clean sheet charts with 10 this term and he has the chance to better the statistic when Manchester United make the trip to Anfield this weekend. The Reds are winless against their Mancunian counterparts in the top-flight since 2014.
Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane has said that Liverpool have tried to forget about last season’s shortcomings in the Champions League but they remain motivated to go one better during the current campaign. The Reds surprised many as they reached the final of the elite competition last term but they could not cross the final hurdle against Real Madrid after a forgettable goalkeeping performance from Loris Karius.
Thereafter, there had been a huge sense of disappointment around the club but Mane has now highlighted that they have moved on from the unwanted situation. Speaking to Goal.com, he said: “We have tried to forget about thatand we are doing our best this season to try to go to the final again—and why not win it? Of course, last season, nobody expected it from us, and maybe this year they do. But that’s not pressure.
The representative of Simon Mignolet has confirmed that the Belgian is looking for a fresh challenge away from Liverpool during the ongoing transfer window. The 30-year-old played second fiddle to Loris Karius during the second half of the previous campaign and the big-money signing of Alisson Becker is only expected to hasten his exit.
In an interview with Walfoot, Mignolet’s agent confirmed the keeper is keen on parting ways with the Merseyside outfit and the solution would have been found regardless of Alisson’s arrival this summer, he said: “It doesn’t change the situation [Alisson’s arrival]. Our goal is to find a solution for Simon to play and Alisson’s arrival doesn’t change that.
We know that a player of €60-70million won’t find himself on the bench.We are looking at the situation and looking for a solution to his playing time. There are options, the next few days will be decisive.”