It’s pretty obvious that Alisson is confident in his own ability.
Just ask the Brighton player who was nonchalantly chipped over during our third game of the season…
The Brazilian is massive, with great reactions, composure and the best technical footballing ability of any keeper on the planet!
Alisson has discussed where he thinks his game is right now, why he cannot afford to rest on his laurels and who else he rates in the elite category.
“My reactions are a natural talent, it’s in my DNA and I need to thank my parents. Without work though, talent isn’t enough,” Alisson told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I feel closest to Taffarel, Julio Cesar and Dida, they were three great goalkeepers. Julio had a lot of strength and speed in his legs, Taffarel was calm and reliable and Dida covered his goal very well. I try to take the best from each of them.
“Since I was a child I’ve followed Gigi [Buffon], he’s a role model, an example, and a great man. [Wojciech] Szczesny is doing very well, it’s not easy to replace Gigi [at Juventus] but he’s succeeding.
“Am I the best goalkeeper in the world? I’m up there, along with [Marc-André] Ter-Stegen, [Jan] Oblak and [David] De Gea. But if you stay still others will overtake you.
“The ranking changes game-by-game and you just have to improve and make saves. Always.”
We think his current ratings are fair, actually. Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer are the other stoppers with a fair shout, but we’re sure we’d swap Alisson for any of them!
We’ve gone from debating whether Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius is the lesser of two evils, to relying on a genuinely world-class glovesman – and it’s making a huge difference.