Alisson tipped to earn a place in Liverpool’s hall of fame


first_imgAlisson has been backed to become an Anfield legend, having already “proved this year he’s a great goalkeeper”, according to ex-Liverpool shot-stopper Ray Clemence.The 26-year-old joined the Reds last summer from Roma in a huge £67 million ($84m) deal, replacing Loris Karius as the club’s number one.Alisson made the transition from Serie A to the Premier League seamlessly, helping Liverpool challenge Manchester City for the title whilst also playing a key role in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Jurgen Klopp’s side finished second in the top flight last season and the Brazil international only conceded 22 goals in total over the course of the campaign – the best record in the league.Liverpool also won the Champions League, as Alisson grabbed yet another clean sheet in a 2-0 final victory over Tottenham.Clemence, who played in goal for the Reds during their golden 1970s era, believes the former Roma star has the potential to go down in history at Anfield if he can remain consistent in the coming years. “He’s proved this year he’s a great goalkeeper,” he told Sky Sports. “Truly great ones, the legends, continue to do that for the next five, 10 years.”The word legend is thrown out without thinking, some of the players I was lucky to play with did it for six, seven, eight, 10 years – and that’s why they are so revered at Liverpool.”But he’s had a great start. With foreign players, it’s partly down to how long they and their families want to stay at a club. Hopefully yes, but only they can make that call.”Alisson Liverpool 2018-19Klopp’s men fell short of Premier League glory by a single point behind City last term, after making great strides forward as a cohesive all-around team.Alisson’s arrival ended Liverpool’s long search for a reliable man between the sticks, as Karius and Simon Mignolet struggled to convince in the years prior to his arrival.The Reds have become one of Europe’s finest defensive sides over the last 12 months and Clemence is happy to credit the Brazilian for the huge impact he has had at Anfield.”He deserves all the accolades because of what he did last year,” Clemence added. “I’ve not met him yet, hopefully, I will at some stage, but he seems a very level-headed goalkeeper, not over-confident, but he’s got a good balance”He never seems to get flustered, the great goalkeepers always look in control of every situation. He has that ability to make saves other goalkeepers can’t make. But the great goalkeepers make the saves when the game’s tight, to keep them in it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img