Reds goalkeeper Alisson has heaped praise on defender and teammate Virgil van Dijk, claiming he ‘scares’ opponents.
The pair were imperious during the entirety of last season, keeping clean sheets in more than half of the Premier League games the Reds played, while both were instrumental in the run to the Champions League final.
As brilliant as Alisson has been since he signed for the club from AS Roma around 12 months ago, he was quick to point out that his job is made much easier by those in front of him, with Van Dijk particularly influential.
Alisson told LiverpoolFC.com: “He gives a lot of confidence for the team and the players. When you have Virgil van Dijk – the giant – on the pitch, maybe it scares the opposition. For me, he is special.
“I have great defenders [in front of me] – Joel [Matip], Joe Gomez, Dejan [Lovren]. Everyone did a great job this season. But Virgil has something special – he is the big man.”
Alisson is away at the Copa America at the moment but will return from that competition in time to begin the new season between the sticks.
He will be hoping to match the performance levels he reached in his debut campaign next year as the Reds aim to add more trophies to the cabinet.