A clean sheet and a 5-0 win against top European opposition – Alisson couldn’t have hoped for a much better debut for Liverpool.
Expectation is high following the Brazil international’s £66m move last month and he gave a glimpse of what’s to come against Napoli on Saturday.
Alisson made a number of smart saves in Dublin and even played a part in Liverpool’s opening goal, his 60-yard pass to Mohamed Salah starting the move.
“He’s quite a good footballer – probably as good as the goalkeeper he is!” said Klopp of his latest signing. “An all-round good performance for the first game.
“He was very, very aware of all situations when he was needed behind a high last line. We involved him a lot in our build-up, but we need to get used to that a little bit more still.”
Liverpool fans are hopeful that Alisson is the missing piece of the puzzle where a genuine Premier League title challenge is concerned.
But above all else, they’re just glad to have a world-class shot-stopper in goal as opposed to the error-prone duo of Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet.
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James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo gave his thoughts on Alisson after the game and what he noticed about the 25-year-old is nothing but exciting for the Reds.
“Alisson Becker couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming environment for his eagerly anticipated Liverpool debut,” wrote Pearce.
“The Aviva Stadium was a sea of red and every touch from the £65m new signing was cheered. Living up to the hype won’t be easy for the most expensive goalkeeper on the planet.
“Alisson will certainly face more testing days than this, but you could see why Klopp believes he represents such a significant upgrade on Karius and Mignolet.
“He’s a mountain of a man and he commanded his penalty box well as he came for crosses and clung on under pressure.
“His distribution is clearly one of his biggest strengths and he played his part in the opening goal by pinging a 60-yard pass perfectly into the path of Salah, who darted away down the right.
“Unsurprisingly, considering he hadn’t played since the World Cup, there were shaky moments and he was relieved to see the offside flag after Jose Callejon had lifted the ball beyond him.
“He made a meal of Lorenzo Insigne’s strike from the edge of the box and later thwarted Simone Verdi from a tight angle.”
A man mountain who commands his penalty box and is able to ping 60-yard passes to his teammates – yeah, Liverpool have literally signed a keeper.
Alisson’s age means he has plenty of room for improvement, too, so £66m could well end up being a bargain.