‘I think I paid half of it back with that save against Napoli’: Liverpool keeper Alisson jokes pivotal Champions League stop in group stage has made his £67m fee worth every penny
- Alisson believes his save against Napoli has proven signing him was worth it
- The Brazilian produced a superb save to deny Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik a goal
- Liverpool have since gone on to progress to the Champions League final
- He arrived last summer for £67million and has proven to be worth every penny
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson believes he has proven to be value for money after his stunning save against Napoli in the group stages of the Champions League launched their run to the final.
The Brazilian became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he was signed by Jurgen Klopp for £67million from Roma last summer.
The cost raised plenty of eyebrows lasts summer but Alisson has proven to be worth every penny in a sublime season that will reach its climax in Madrid on Saturday night.
Liverpool stopper Alisson believes his save against Napoli has proven signing him was worth it
The Brazilian produced a superb save to deny Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik a goal in the group stage
Liverpool would have crashed out at the group stage if it were not for his brilliance.
Alisson produced a superb close range save to deny Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik from stealing a point that would have sent the Italians through to the knockout stage.
The 26-year-old insists that moment of magic contributed at least half of his transfer fee.
‘No one’s mentioned that (the fee) in ages,’ he said in a TV interview as quoted by The Independent.
‘I think I paid half of it back with that save against Napoli.’
After the tumultuous No 1 stints of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, Liverpool have hit the jackpot with an elite shot-stopper who has slotted into the team’s system with ease.
Jurgen Klopp (R) splashed the cash last summer to bring a world class goalkeeper to Anfield
‘There were only a few moments this season when Jurgen Klopp sat down and spoke about specific technical and tactical aspects of my game,’ he added.
‘What he wanted from me was more obvious things, to continue the way I was playing with Roma. The communication was very natural, and I found it easy to fit with the team. I settled very quickly because the characteristics of my game are what the team wants.
‘We work a lot, as per our characteristics, to start our attacking play from the moment the ball is at my feet so playing out from the back whenever possible.’
‘I think that builds confidence. I don’t think it’s an obligatory tactic. Sometimes you do just have to boot it if necessary, but that’s what Klopp incentivises us to do.’