Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is as important to Jurgen Klopp’s side as centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
Alisson claimed a sixth-straight clean sheet against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday. The Reds were 1-0 victors away from home thanks to Roberto Firmino’s first-half strike. Liverpool currently possess a 16-point lead at the top of the table.
Once the match finished up, Carragher certainly gave an honest opinion on Alisson. Despite the fact Van Dijk receives most of the plaudits, Carragher believes Alisson is a key reason why the Reds are solid in defence.
“I think the goalkeeper is equally as important as Van Dijk. His performance today, you’d look at and think ‘he didn’t make a great save’, he never makes a great save! That’s the sign of a great ‘keeper, everything looks easy,” Carragher told Sky Sports after the match.
“Against Spurs in the Champions League final, it was very similar to some of the efforts they had today. They were in semi-chances or half-chances and he dealt with it so easily. He catches everything and he makes it all look so easy.
“Listen, we speak about Van Dijk and he’s amazing, a massive influence, I think equally as much is the goalkeeper.”
It is a fair point that Carragher raises. Alisson has been exceptional for the Reds since joining from Roma last season.
Without him, Liverpool would not have claimed the Champions League trophy in Madrid. As Carrgaher stated, the goalkeeper makes everything look easy, which is a sign of a top player.
If the Reds do go on and claim the Premier League title this season, Alisson’s name will be mentioned in the years to come when the Anfield faithful discuss the 2019-20 season.