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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Jamie Carragher mocks Gary Neville over his combined Liverpool-Manchester United XI

The former right-back named two players who can’t get in Mourinho’s team! (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville was ridiculed by Jamie Carragher for picking both Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly in his combined Liverpool-Manchester United XI – even though they aren’t playing for the Red Devils.

The two teams face off at Anfield on Sunday, though have Champions League matches in midweek first, with Jose Mourinho’s side trailing league leaders Liverpool by 16 points after as many matches.

Both Neville and Carragher picked their combined XIs for Sunday’s game – with the rule that no injured players can be included – and the former United right-back struggled to get many of his old club’s players in the side.

Neville named four United players in his combined XI (Picture: Sky Sports)In the end he picked just four – Pogba, Bailly, David de Gea and Anthony Martial – though Carragher was not impressed with his decision making process.

On picking Bailly

JC: ‘Baily doesn’t even get in the United team so why’s he getting in a combined team?’GN: ‘I just fancied putting a United player in the back four, to be honest.’JC: ‘He doesn’t even play does he?’GN: ‘To be fair, do I think Matip and Lovren, individually, are brilliant? Not really. Do I think Bailly is brilliant? Not really. But I think actually if Bailly was put in that back four, he’d be the best of the three of them. I must admit it was tough. It was a flip of the coin.’

On picking Pogba

GN: ‘Pogba I just thought holding in midfield-JC: ‘Holding!?’GN: ‘Yeah, I put him holding.[Carragher bursts out laughing]JC: ‘Pogba holding? Holding what? Oh my god. He’s the most undisciplined player of all time.’GN: ‘He’s holding with Wijnaldum and Keita. I didn’t pick him with much conviction to be honest with you! I was clutching at straws.’

Neville stuck by his decision to include Pogba and, even though he is not in Mourinho’s good books at the moment, believes the Frenchman is a world-class midfielder.

He continued: ‘I still think Pogba is Manchester United’s best central midfield player. I actually still think, out of all the central midfield players of both clubs, he’s the most talented.’

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Jamie Carragher rips into Jordan Pickford after howler against Liverpool

Jordan Pickford’s howler handed Liverpool the win at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher pulled no punches with his analysis of Jordan Pickford’s howler which cost Everton in the final minute of the Merseyside derby.

The match looked to be heading for a goalless draw but Everton goalkeeper Pickford handed Jurgen Klopp’s side three points by spilling Virgil van Dijk’s mishit ball into the path of Divock Origi.

Origi, who was making his first appearance of the Premier League season after replacing Roberto Firmino, made no mistake from close-range and Pickford looked dejected after the final whistle.

Liverpool ‘keeper Alisson put his arm around Pickford but there was no such sympathy from Carragher who slammed England’s number one for his mistake.

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‘What was Jordan Pickford doing? Just put that away, goalkeeper,’ the former Liverpool defender said on Sky Sports’ commentary.

‘Let it go over the bar! A massive mistake, you can’t do that at any time in a Merseyside derby.’

Divock Origi capitalised on Jordan Pickford’s mistake (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp added: ‘He [Pickford] looked erratic all game, he didn’t look comfortable. It’s a massive, massive error.

‘A nightmare situation. That will haunt him.’

Marco Silva praised his players despite the defeat (Picture: Getty)Everton boss Marco Silva offered his support to Pickford following his fatal error in the final moments of the match.

‘It was a tough match and a tough result for us. We don’t deserve to lose. We had the better chances to score but that is football. It is our life. That goal you cannot expect to happen,’ Silva told BBC Sport after the defeat.

‘The players understand they deserved something more. We started the match together and that is how we end it. We will be in this way and do everything to win the next match.

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‘All the support I can give to Jordan, I will. He is a very good goalkeeper. He did not expect that situation.

‘We are improving and we did again this afternoon even if the result wasn’t what we wanted or deserved. I am proud of my players and what they are doing.

‘Nobody in the stadium expected that moment. The way they celebrated it showed to me how difficult it was for them.’

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Trent Alexander-Arnold reveals the two Liverpool legends he wants to emulate

Alexander-Arnold wants more (Picture: Getty)In many ways, Trent Alexander-Arnold is already living the dream. But the Liverpool full-back is far from done yet.

The right-back is a boyhood Liverpool fan and has become a regular under Jurgen Klopp – and he’s already a fan favourite.

But Alexander-Arnold is setting his sights high, and he’s hoping to emulate two of his childhood heroes Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher to become a club legend.

‘I definitely feel that closeness too,’ Alexander-Arnold told the Liverpool Echo.

‘It’s very special. The supporters have a special place in my heart. They have always shown me support and love.

Alexander-Arnold wants to emulate Gerrard (Picture: Getty Images)‘They have turned never on me. Even when times have been hard, they have always stood by me. That’s really helped me through some tough games and tough performances when things haven’t gone great.

‘I’m just fortunate to play for my boyhood club and for people to be able to see that dreams can come true. Hopefully the younger people in the city see it too.

‘I saw Gerrard and Carragher do it when I was young. I always wanted to be them.’

One thing Carragher and Gerrard did that this current crop of Liverpool stars are yet to is win silverware – and Alexander-Arnold is hoping he can break that duck by the end of this season.

‘My aim is to replicate things that legends do,’ he added. ‘You don’t get much more of a legend than Steven Gerrard at this club.

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‘I still have to pinch myself when I think about the past few years. I’m living my dream and it’s hard sometimes to believe I’m doing that. It’s a source of great pride for me and my family to be part of this club.

‘Just to be able to say you have played for Liverpool once is something very special. Even saying that now means everything to me. That’s why my debut against Tottenham in the League Cup is still the highlight for me so far.

‘Hopefully there are a lot of games and a lot of silverware to come. I want to stay here as long as I can and win as much as possible in my career.

‘We have come close, especially last season with the run to Kiev. We didn’t quite get over the line but it’s given us extra motivation to make that next step. Come May, hopefully we’ll have a trophy.’

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Jamie Carragher names the best two centre-backs in the Premier League

Carragher named the best two centre-backs in the league (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte are the Premier League’s two best centre-backs, while rating the Liverpool defender as one of the best on the planet.

Van Dijk has impressed since arriving at Anfield from Southampton last January, earning rave reviews over a series of commanding performances at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

Laporte took time to adapt to the Premier League since his January arrival from Athletic Bilbao but has become Pep Guardiola’s go-to man in his backline and Carragher views him as the second best centre-back on English soil right now.

Van Dijk has been in immense form (Picture: Quality Sport Images/Getty)

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But he is convinced that Van Dijk is at the top of his game and rates him as the most impressive player in his position in the world.

The Liverpool legend told TalkSport: ‘I think he’s brilliant. I think he’s the best centre-back in the Premier League and I also think Aymeric Laporte at Man City has been brilliant since he came in.

‘Forget his actual position; when you think of maybe the best top ten players you think of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, David De Gea and Eden Hazard as well.

Laporte has been impressive (Picture: Getty)‘I think Van Dijk is actually in that group of players. He’s so good in his position that I think, at this moment in time, he’s up there with the best names in the world.

‘In that position, I always believe if you get rated that highly, you’ve got to back it up with trophies. He got to a Champions League final but you think of the centre-backs who’ve played for Barcelona and Real Madrid over the years. There’s Champions League wins, there’s also some World Cup winners there.

‘I think you need a few medals to be able to say that, but at the moment, is there a centre-back in the world playing better than Virgil van Dijk is doing now? If there is one, I haven’t seen him.’

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PSG players should be ’embarrassed’ to talk to their families, says Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher

Neymar spent much of the Group C clash writhing around on the floor (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Neymar and Thiago Silva should be ’embarrassed’ to talk to their families following Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp hit out at the apparent playacting from PSG players at the Parc des Princes which he claimed prevented Liverpool from gaining momentum after first-half goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar.

James Milner’s penalty gave the Reds a shred of hope, but the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struggled to create clear-cut chances after the break and an equaliser never came.

Liverpool legend Carragher hit out at Neymar’s time wasting after the defeat and claimed it was like watching a child in ‘kindergarten’.

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‘It was very frustrating. With Neymar it was even in the first half. We are talking about one of the best players in the world but watching him was embarrassing,’ the former Liverpool defender told Viasport.

‘If he continues that through his whole career he’s going to be remembered for that rather than the great player that he is.

‘It leaves a sour taste in the mouth and I have no sympathy for the PSG players if Klopp is frustrated with them, that’s understandable.

‘Even Thiago Silva, the captain, a centre-back, rolling around in the corner at the end holding his face – this is a great team, PSG, with some great players, they don’t need to resort to these tactics, they should let the football do the talking.

‘They should be embarrassed. I don’t know how they go back and speak to their families and wives in the players’ lounge. Rolling around on the floor like that, the only time you see that is children at kindergarten.’

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Liverpool must beat Napoli to have any chance of progressing into the knockout stages and Carragher remains hopeful.

‘I think it’ll be a 50-50 now. Napoli know that, they’ll be well aware of the atmosphere that’ll be waiting for them at Anfield,’ he said.

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‘I expect Liverpool to win the game, whether they can win by two goals – that’s what makes it more difficult.

‘In 2005 we had to beat Olympiacos by two goals, we won 3-1 and we did okay in 2005.’

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‘He has everything’ – David Ginola and Jamie Carragher rave about Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold

The Liverpool team celebrate Trent Alexander-Arnold’s superb free-kick goal (Picture: Getty)David Ginola and Jamie Carragher have heaped praise on Trent Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool’s impressive defence.

England international Alexander-Arnold scored his fourth Liverpool goal on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road.

The 20-year-old whipped a superb free-kick past Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster either side of goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

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Alexander-Arnold broke into Liverpool’s first-team in 2016 and has since become a crucial player to Reds manager Klopp.

Former France star Ginola says Alexander-Arnold is ‘pure talent’ and insists he has the potential to become one of the best right backs in the world.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, the Premier League legend said: ‘I like this player!

David Ginola says the England international is ‘pure talent’ (Picture: Getty)

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‘He has everything he needs to be one of the best [right backs in the world].

‘He’s fast, but he’s also a fast thinker. He creates things. He has pure talent. David Beckham was one of the best [at free-kicks], Trent looked like him with that goal.’

On Alexander-Arnold’s spectacular free-kick, former Liverpool captain Carragher added: ‘The courage and ability to take that free-kick instead of Salah is brilliant.’

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As well as scoring, Alexander-Arnold also helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet against Watford which saw them set a new club record for the least number of goals conceded after 13 games of a Premier League season.

And Carragher added: ‘The narrative all season has been “when are they going to play like they did last year?”

‘But are they a bit different this season? It could be a bit more like the Liverpool teams I played in. They can rely on the defence to win them games and that’s so important.’

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Jamie Carragher: Liverpool can only win Premier League if Manchester City focus on Champions League

Klopp has been tasked with winning Liverpool’s first Premier League title (Picture: Getty)Liverpool must hope Manchester City go far in the Champions League to have any chance of beating the Sky Blues to the Premier League title, according to Jamie Carragher.

City sit top of the table, two points clear of Liverpool after the Reds dropped two points at the Emirates with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

Liverpool have shown signs they can challenge defending champions City, while Chelsea and Arsenal too have surprised many fans with their excellent form.

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But Carragher insists City are the better side, and Liverpool must pray Pep Guardiola’s men become distracted by their quest to win the Champions League.

‘It will have been disappointing for Liverpool to concede that goal [to Arsenal],’ said Carragher on Sky Sports.

‘But I think Liverpool supporters, myself included obviously, need to just relax a little bit.

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‘You’d think Liverpool had lost the league after the game at the weekend because it’s ‘Ah it’s two points dropped. Man City are going two points clear’. There’s a long way to go.

‘Man City are better than Liverpool, everyone knows that. But that doesn’t mean Liverpool can’t win the league.

‘I think Liverpool’s hope of winning the league will come in the second half of the season if City go far in the Champions League.

City have hit their stride in the league recently (Picture: Getty)‘Their focus will be on that and then they might take their eye off the ball in the league. That’s the only chance Liverpool have got because City are better than them.’

While City ran away with the league title last season, Liverpool concentrated their efforts on reaching the Champions League final.

Guardiola is expected to improve on reaching the quarter-finals in Europe this season, with Liverpool the side to knock City out of the competition last campaign.

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Jamie Carragher says 25 goals would be a successful season for struggling Liverpool star Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian is yet to hit the heights of last season (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher says it will be ‘virtually impossible’ for Mohamed Salah to replicate last season’s goalscoring feats and believes netting 25 times would still represent a great season.

The Egyptian has had a mixed start to the new campaign, only scoring three times in the first eight games of the new Premier League season, and has been out-shone by teammate Sadio Mane.

Despite his struggles, Carragher still believes Salah is Liverpool’s main man and thinks he will lead their scoring charts again – even if he misses a few big chances along the way.

Salah has three goals in 11 games in all competitions (Picture: Getty)‘He’s still the star because of what he did last season,’ Carragher told Soccer AM.

‘He’s the goalscorer, he’s the one who got the goals last season and you’d still expect him to be Liverpool’s top goal scorer this season.

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‘He hasn’t hit the ground running, or showed the form he did second half of last season, but I think he’s still Liverpool’s stand-put player around the world, when people think of Liverpool, because of the season he had last season.’

Pressed on whether it would be hard to repeat last season’s incredible campaign, in which he scored 44 times in all competitions and broke the Premier League scoring record, Carragher tried to downplay expectations.

In addition to his three goals, Salah has also registered two assists (Picture: Getty)‘It’s virtually impossible for a wide player to score 44 goals again. I mean, if Salah gets 25 or 30 goals this season he’d have had a great season.

‘And I think he will be around that mark. He’s still getting chances. We’ve always questioned him last season about chances that he missed – so even scoring 44 goals he still missed a lot of big chances.

‘So he is missing them at the moment, but I’m sure they will start going in the back of the net.’

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Liverpool goalkeeping coach hailed by Jamie Carragher after key role in Riyad Mahrez’s penalty

Alisson dived the right way for Riyad Mahrez’s penalty (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher highlighted the role of Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg after Riyad Mahrez missed a crucial penalty in Manchester City’s goalless draw at Anfield.

Mahrez had a golden opportunity to send City top of the Premier League table after Virgil van Dijk scythed down Leroy Sane inside the box in the 85th minute of the clash.

However, Pep Guardiola’s £60million signing blazed his spot-kick well over Alisson’s bar and both managers had to settle for a point on Merseyside.

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Mahrez aimed for the top left corner of Alisson’s goal and replays show Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach, Achterberg, instructing the Brazilian to dive in that direction – which he did.

Achterberg was then be seen punching the air in the dugout as Mahrez wasted the chance to end Liverpool’s unbeaten record in the league.

Liverpool great Carragher spotted Achterberg’s antics in the dugout and highlighted the unseen work that goes in from backroom staff.

‘When I was up there doing commentary, I could see the goalkeeping coach John Achterberg,’ the former defender said.

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‘You can see what he’s telling him. Obviously if you’re facing then it’s top right.

‘He goes exactly there and the ‘keeper dives that way and look at the reaction. That’s the work they have to do, the analysis of penalty-takers.’