Last night, Liverpool target Alisson turned in a top-drawer performance for Roma and emphasised why he is in demand at the moment.
With Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet clearly not up to scratch for Liverpool, supporters are clamouring for a new no.1 to be brought in this summer and Jan Oblak and Alisson Becker have been linked with a move to Anfield.
The latter, the starting ‘keeper ahead of Ederson for Brazil, has been in fine form for Roma this season and turned in a great performance against Inter despite conceding. He set up Stephan el-Shaarawy for the opening goal of the game with a fantastic ball from one end of the pitch to the other.
His assist for the Roma winger had Liverpool Twitter buzzing, with many fans hoping that Jurgen Klopp can sign Alisson, a ‘keeper with superb composure, leadership skills and fantastic reactions.
— Matthew Santangelo (@Matt_Santangelo) January 21, 2018
Distribution from the back is important in the modern game and the fluidity with which Klopp urges his team to play would only be bettered by having a goalie like Allison, who is jsut as capable of playing a 65-yard cross-field pass as he is by passing it out from the back under pressure.
While that might be impressive and important in its own right, what is more of a priority is signing a goalkeeper who can command his box, organise his backline and stop the goals that you really don’t expect him to.
Alisson ticks all these boxes, with the Brazil no.1 pretty much the whole package and although he isn’t as refined as Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, he is a fantastic shot-stopper as evidenced by the save he made to deny Mauro Icardi last night.
Incredible save from Roma’s Alisson to deny Mauro Icardi. Liverpool need him!! pic.twitter.com/EPvj8sjubX
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) January 21, 2018
Alisson was fantastic against Inter Milan and made six saves to help his side to a point. Roma did concede but there is no denying that it was a superb goalkeeping performance from the Brazilian and I really hope the Liverpool scouts were watching.
Paul Joyce writes that Allison does not have a release clause in his contract and Roma value him at around £44 million but with the World Cup looming large, the 25-year-old is aware that his stock is rising.
The fact that Liverpool signed Mo Salah last summer from Roma could complicate matters while negotiating with sporting director Monchi is never particularly easy either.