Jamie Carragher reveals what Jurgen Klopp said about Alisson after astonishing save against Napoli

Alisson pulled off a stunning save in the dying moments against Napoli (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp admitted he had no idea Alisson was this good after the Brazilian pulled off a stunning save in the dying minutes of the Reds’ 1-0 win against Napoli.

Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s only goal at Anfield but the Reds faced a nervy final ten minutes when the Serie A giants piled forward for an equaliser that would have knocked Klopp’s men out.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah had numerous chances to put the game to bed but the Reds have Alisson to thank in injury time for his incredible save to deny Arkadiusz Milik from point-blank range.

Much was made about Liverpool’s decision to break the world record for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson for £67million last summer but the Brazilian’s proved value for money so far this campaign.

Alisson secured Liverpool’s spot in the knockout stages (Picture: Getty)And Jamie Carragher has revealed that Klopp admitted after the game that he would have paid twice as much had he realised just how good Alisson was.

‘Klopp just told me “If I knew Alisson was this good I would have paid double!’ revealed Carragher on his Instagram.

Liverpool finished runners up to Paris Saint-Germain after Thomas Tuchel’s side confirmed top spot with a win against Red Star Belgrade.

The Reds await Monday’s draw to see who they will face in the last-16.

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Jurgen Klopp reveals which Liverpool star left him speechless in win over Napoli

Alisson made a stunning late save to put Liverpool into the last 16 (Picture: Getty)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his side’s superb performance against Napoli on Tuesday night and says goalkeeper Alisson even left him speechless.

The Brazilian, who was briefly the most expensive goalkeeper ever when he moved from Roma to Anfield, was required to make a number of important stops and none more so than to deny Arkadiusz Milik in stoppage time.

Liverpool held a 1-0 lead as time ran out, enough to progress to the next round of the Champions League, though a single goal for Napoli would have put the Italians through.

Liverpool have progressed to the knockout stages as group runners-up (Picture: Getty)And Alisson repaid the massive fee Liverpool spent on him with a stunning stop to deny Milik, who was just a few yards out from goal, leaving even the usually talkative Klopp lost for words.

‘The goal Mo scored: what a goal. Unbelievable. And the save Ali made: I have no words for that,’ said the German at his post-match press conference.

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‘That was of course a life-saver tonight. I’m really proud of what the boys did tonight.’

He continued: ‘It was not only one save. He had a lot of things to do tonight. How cool and calm he was with the ball, helps us a lot in our build-up situation, when he comes out for crosses he’s outstanding.

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‘And yes that save was just incredible, but if we don’t defend the whole pitch today, Ali cannot make 20 saves like the last one. But he did it. Incredible. Unbelievable. I’ve never seen something similar. But still he needs the other boys around.’

Liverpool could have killed off the match far sooner having ripped though Napoli’s defence and created chance after chance, and Klopp was delighted with the improvement compared to their last meeting.

Klopp was thrilled with his side’s performance against Napoli (Picture: Getty)‘Everything changed in the game today,’ he continued. ‘I said in a meeting before the game tonight, if the first game was good for anything then they cannot have an idea of who we are really. Because that was not us in Napoli. That was somebody else.

‘We could have made a six-hour meeting of that game – because we made so many mistakes – or we ignore it. We decided to ignore it actually and it gave the boys the chance to do better in the next game. So tonight we did everything we had to do and the boys played an outstanding game.’

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Alisson has made Liverpool ‘genuine’ Premier League title contenders, says Gary Neville

Alisson replaced Loris Karius as Liverpool’s number one in the summer (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Alisson has made Liverpool ‘genuine’ candidates for the title this season.

Alisson, 26, joined from Roma for a then world-record fee of £65million in the summer and has been an instant hit on Merseyside, becoming the first ever Liverpool player to remain unbeaten after their first 16 Premier League matches.

The Brazilian has conceded only six goals in the English top flight since his debut and his contribution has helped the Reds leapfrog Manchester City at the top of the table.

Neville hailed Alisson’s impact and believes the goalkeeper has been more influential than Virgil van Dijk.

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Speaking about Liverpool on Monday Night Football, Neville said: ‘Alisson has saved Liverpool on numerous occasion this season; earned them big points.

‘Great goalkeepers win you point after point after point after point. You don’t always notice it. So is Van Dijk the biggest impact on that team? No it’s not.

Alisson is expected to start against Napoli on Tuesday evening (Picture: Getty)‘Look at the stats: 86 per cent save ratio – the highest in the league. Last season it was 64 per cent (ranked 19th).

‘Yes, the two young lads alongside Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are fantastic – and I love watching them play.

‘But for me it’s the goalkeeper [Alisson] who has made all the difference and makes them genuine contenders.’

Gary Neville believes Alisson has turned Liverpool into title contenders (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp praised Alisson’s attitude following Liverpool’s 3-1 victory away to Burnley.

‘The best thing is not talking about a goalkeeper – that means he is without any mistakes, but after the last game… again, he had a big, big part in the game,’ Klopp said.

‘After the game, I think everybody saw the goal Burnley scored should have been disallowed. It was a difficult decision, especially the offside.

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‘That’s how it is. It’s the view of the ref or the assistant, in this case. But it was offside. Then he [had] both hands on the ball. That’s one thing.

‘The other thing is, he stayed in the game and when we were 2-1 up made a brilliant save.

‘And with the next ball, that’s his attitude – he doesn’t stand on his line or wait, he goes out and catches it, then counter-attack. That’s a really exciting package the boy delivers and it helped us a lot, of course.’

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Alisson breaks club record as Mohamed Salah fires Liverpool top of the Premier League

Alisson Becker gave a commanding performance against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Alisson Becker set a Liverpool club record as Jurgen Klopp’s side moved, temporarily at least, to the top of the Premier League following a 4-0 win over Bournemouth.

The Brazil international goalkeeper has played a pivotal role in his side’s unbeaten start to the season following his summer move from Roma and put in another commanding performance, mastering the difficult conditions at the Vitality Stadium to register his 10th clean sheet of the campaign.

Alisson is now unbeaten in his first 16 Premier League matches as a Liverpool player, surpassing the previous record held by Javier Mascherano whose 15-game unbeaten run was ended in December 2007 by Manchester United.

Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick away from home since Luis Suarez’s treble against Cardiff in 2014 (Picture: Getty)

Steve Cook endured a miserable game up against a rampant Mohamed Salah (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s victory owed as much to their now customary defensive stability as it did the predatory instincts of Mohamed Salah, who struck either side of half time.

The Egypt international was fortunate to open the scoring in the 25th minute when he pounced on a mistake from Asmir Begovic, who could only parry Roberto Firmino’s speculative effort, but replays showed he was standing in an offside position.

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Salah’s second arrived three minutes after the re-start when he was fed by Firmino, managed to remain on his feet despite a cynical attempted foul by Steve Cook, and steered his shot into the far corner via a slight Nathan Ake deflection.

Liverpool surged further ahead when Cook spectacularly flicked the ball past his own goalkeeper following a typical rampaging run and cross from Andrew Robertson, and the Bournemouth defender’s misery was compounded 12 minutes from the end when Salah outpaced him, rounded Begovic and kept his composure to flick the ball past Nathan Ake.

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Alisson Becker equals club record after Liverpool complete comeback win over Burnley

Alisson Becker has now gone 15 games unbeaten in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Liverpool continued their relentless pursuit of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Burnley on Wednesday night.

Jack Cork’s opener looked set to cause an upset, but goals from James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri ensured a valuable three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side who can now go top of the table, temporarily at least, with a win at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Although he was at fault for the home side’s goal, Alisson, the summer signing from Roma, more than redeemed himself in injury time with a spectacular save, tipping Ben Mee’s header onto the crossbar, before launching the attack which led to Shaqiri’s game clinching goal.

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James Milner was on the scoresheet for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Xherdan Shaqiri sealed another three points for Liverpool in injury time (Picture: Getty)The Brazil international has not lost in his opening 15 league matches as a Liverpool player; equalling the club record in the Premier League set by Javier Mascherano in November 2007.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have now made their best ever start to a league campaign, while, having conceded just six goals in total, they have matched the top-flight English league record at this stage of a season, alongside Man Utd in 1985-86, Arsenal in 1990-91, Chelsea in 2004-05 and Chelsea in 2008-09.

Speaking about his side’s performance at Turf Moor, Klopp said: ‘I was really happy we could just adjust a few tactical things [at half-time], but I told the players I shouted a lot in the first half but I wasn’t angry.

‘I knew it could be a bit rusty, that’s how it is with a lot of changes, but now we are warm, used to it and we adjust a little bit.

‘We could really bring Daniel into a different position if Div is more central and Shaq more involved in another space. If we could make that a bit more clear then we have immediately better options.’

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Thibaut Courtois names the world’s top-three goalkeepers – and snubs David de Gea

Courtois named the best goalkeepers on the planet (Picture: Soccrates/Getty)Thibaut Courtois is widely considered to be one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet – so he should have a pretty good idea who are the best stoppers in the world.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper secured a transfer to European champions Real Madrid this summer, but modestly left himself off his list of the top-three glovesman.

However, he also sensationally left Manchester United’s David de Gea out, while he also snubbed the man who replaced him at Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee: Kepa Arrizabalaga.

De Gea was snubbed (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s mega-money summer signing Alisson Becker has made the cut, though, joining Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Barcelona No. 1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen in Courtois’ elite list.

‘They are all great goalkeepers, but I do not know who is the best,’ he said.

‘I could not go for one.

Alisson made the cut (Picture: Getty)‘It depends on the defence and also on the whole team, I think I have already shown that I am at a high level.’

Courtois’ own performances have left something to be desired this season in what’s been a disastrous start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He’s conceded 18 goals in 11 appearances in La Liga, with Madrid currently languishing in sixth place in Spain’s top flight.

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Gianluigi Buffon explains why he sees Alisson as a future ‘great’ of goalkeeping

Gianluigi Buffon is a big fan of Alisson (Picture: Getty)Gianluigi Buffon believes Liverpool star Alisson has ‘everything’ it takes to go on and become a ‘great’ of goalkeeping.

The pair come face-to-face at the Parc des Princes as Paris Saint-Germain host Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday night and Buffon has hailed his opposite number ahead of the Group C encounter.

Alisson has impressed since completing a £66.8million move to Anfield in the summer and the Brazilian’s strong start on Merseyside comes as no surprise to Buffon.

The Italian legend claims that Alisson’s ability with the ball, his shot-stopping and his positive influence on team-mates makes him one of the best ‘keepers on the planet.

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‘Alisson is everything a modern goalkeeper needs to be,’ Buffon said.

‘Liverpool have conceded very few goals this season – and he might be a new name for those in England but for me it is no surprise.

Alisson has had a promising start at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘I have been watching him for some years now and am a big admirer.

‘He is comfortable with the ball, he is an excellent shot stopper and I see that he gives confidence to his defence.

‘He is one of the top three goalkeepers in the world right now and has everything to go on and be a great of his position.’

Buffon heaped praise on Alisson (Picture: Getty)Buffon understands that the art of goalkeeping has ‘evolved’ since he made his breakthrough but believes the fundamentals remain.

‘When I started playing the question you asked about goalkeepers was: How good are they with their hands? Now the question is how good are they with their feet?’ he added.

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‘There is no doubt that goalkeeping has evolved throughout my career, but for me a goalkeeper must concentrate on the fundamentals.

‘At the same time you have to accept the role has changed and that more things are expected of the modern goalkeeper.’

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Alisson admits Liverpool have told him to work on concentration and mental strength

Alisson admits adapting to the Premier League has been difficult (Picture: Getty)Liverpool summer signing Alisson has revealed that the club have told him to work on his concentration levels and mental strength.

The 26-year-old arrived with a huge reputation from Roma in the summer and Jurgen Klopp was so convinced by his talents that he sanctioned a world-record £65million move.

Klopp was determined to bring a top-class goalkeeper to Anfield following Loris Karius’ horror show in the Champions League final and Alisson has kept eight clean sheets in his opening 16 matches for the Reds.

However, Alisson admits he’s feeling the pressure of his price tag as he is expected to be ‘perfect’ at all times.

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The Brazilian was caught out earlier this season at Leicester when his willingness to play it out from the back led to Rachid Ghezzal’s second-half goal.

Asked about his start at Liverpool, Alisson replied: ‘The Premier League has great intensity.

‘You have to be really focused all the time. One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.

The Brazilian has kept eight clean sheets for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘My team have a really great defence, so it’s not often the ball comes near my net.

‘But I have one or two opportunities to show my quality, so I need to be focused all the time.’

Jurgen Klopp was prepared to pay a world-record fee for Alisson (Picture: Getty)Alisson admits that adapting to the Premier League has not been ‘easy’ but he is determined to be a success on Merseyside.

‘I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect. It’s not easy, but I’m trying,’ he added.

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‘It’s too early to say if I’m satisfied with how I’m playing, but I’m working to be perfect, I’m working to be better.

‘I’m really, really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals and also for the Brazil national team.’

Liverpool legends slam Alisson after goalkeeper blunders against Red Star Belgrade

Alisson Becker had no answer to  Milan  Pavkov’s powerful long-range strike (Picture: Getty)Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was slammed by club legends Michael Owen and Steve McManaman for his error against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were already trailing to Milan Pavkov’s towering header but their task was made even harder when the giant striker was afforded time and space to blast the ball goalwards from 30-yards.

Pavkov’s shot certainly carried pace, but Alisson, who was at fault for Alexandre Lacazette’s equaliser against Arsenal on Saturday, was slow to react and beat the ground in frustration after watching the ball flash past him.

Milan Pavkov scored twice to help Red Star take a 2-0 lead over Liverpool (Picture: AP)‘Wijnaldum lets him get away he should just foul him there, Matip and van Dijk are just backing off and backing off and the keeper should have stopped it as well,’ Steve McManaman told BT Sport.

And his former Liverpool teammate Michael Owen added: ‘There’s a catalogue of errors and as you say the goalkeeper could probably do better as well.’

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Alisson fires warning at Unai Emery and Arsenal ahead of Liverpool clash

Alisson believes Liverpool will give Arsenal a real examination (Picture: Getty)Alisson has told Unai Emery and Arsenal they will find Liverpool ‘very hard work’ in Saturday’s much-anticipated Premier League clash.

The Reds travel to north London on Saturday afternoon having won eight of their first ten Premier League games this season.

That run has seen Jurgen Klopp’s side climb to the top of the table, where they sit alongside defending champions Manchester City.

Arsenal have also been in excellent form, however, winning 11 straight games being drawing to Crystal Palace last weekend.

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Alisson says Emery, who replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer, is a ‘great manager’ but has told Arsenal to expect a real challenge on Saturday when Liverpool come to town.

‘He [Emery] is a big name in football – he achieved great things at Sevilla,’ Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson told Liverpool’s official website.

‘He is a great manager in world football and he took charge of a great club with a lot of quality.

‘I don’t think [their form] comes as a surprise but I believe they’ll find our team very hard work on Saturday.

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‘Likewise, we’ll have our work cut out as well. There’ll be a lot of work for both defences in this match.

‘It’ll definitely be an intense game. I also believe it’ll be a game of very high technical quality, two teams playing really well.

‘Arsenal didn’t start well but they have really found themselves now and we can only get better in this competition.

‘We need to aim to get better with every game. We know we can achieve great things this season.’

Jurgen Klopp’s side are in superb form (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)Liverpool have been backed to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season after their fine start to the campaign.

And Alisson says beating Arsenal can underline Liverpool’s title credentials.

‘It’s definitely going to be a great game and we shouldn’t fear anybody,’ he added. ‘We’re confident in our quality.

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‘We appreciate the quality of the opposition but we can’t show any fear on the pitch, we need to be brave, we need to do our best to play our best football and play the way Klopp wants us to on the pitch. It’ll definitely be a great contest.

‘A team with intentions of winning the Premier League needs to be winning this type of game so we’re going there with victory in mind.

‘Although we will keep our feet on the ground and knowing we’ll need to give sweat, blood and tears to win the game.’

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