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Klopp: ‘I would have paid double for Alisson’

Liverpool v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Group C

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Alisson and Fabinho of Liverpool celebrate after the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Anfield on December 11, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Jurgen Klopp is pretty pleased Liverpool dished out a then world-record transfer fee of $83 million for Alisson in the summer.

He even believes they got a bargain.

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Alisson made a wonderful reaction save to deny Arkadiusz Milik in the 92nd minute on Tuesday at Anfield, as a goal for Napoli would have sent them through to the UEFA Champions League last 16 and knocked Liverpool out. Sure, the shot was right at him but that was because Alisson rushed off his line and read the situation perfectly.

In the end Liverpool, who dominated the game, held on for a 1-0 win and Klopp was full of praise for his Brazilian goalkeeper.

“If I knew Alisson was this good I would have paid double,” Klopp said. “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 buildup situations. When he comes out for crosses he is outstanding. And, yes, that save was just incredible.”

How good has Alisson been this season since arriving in the Premier League?

The stats do not lie.

Last season Liverpool’s goalkeepers had a save percentage ratio of 64 percent, which was ranked 19th in the Premier League. This season with Alisson in goal it is 86 percent, ranked 1st in the Premier League. Liverpool have also conceded just six goals in their opening 16 games of the Premier League season, compared to 20 goals at this point last season.

Besides that obvious improvement, Alisson has had a calming influence on the defenders ahead of him and even though he’s had a few dodgy moments with the ball at his feet as he tried to overplay in the opening months of the campaign, he now seems to have eradicated that from his game.

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