Jurgen Klopp has discussed Alisson’s performance on his Anfield debut from Sunday afternoon.
The Brazilian kept his first clean-sheet since becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper – although that tag now belongs to Kepa – who signed for Chelsea at the very end of the Premier League window.
He didn’t have to make any proper saves, but his presence between the sticks was noticeable and he held on to a few speculative shots with composure.
But his real strength was with the ball at his feet and he pinged some lovely long passes out to the flanks while remaining incredibly calm when pressurised.
Klopp noticed, too!
“Alisson played a fantastic game, being really concentrated. We all expect these boys to act like machines but they are not, they are human beings,” he told the official website.
“In the first game you could be nervous. Obviously both [Alisson and Keita] were not nervous, which is good. Especially in our possession, he was a very dominant figure.”
It’s such a relief to finally have a top keeper in goal. Alisson is only 25-years-old and if all goes to plan, he could guard our net for the next decade, which would make his £66m fee entirely reasonable.
Next Monday we’re away to Crystal Palace, who will undoubtedly use long-balls to unsettle him – so this could be Alisson’s first proper test.