Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have both tipped a Liverpool player as their “one to watch” for the Premier League 2018/19 season.
Riyad Mahrez, Jorginho, Fred, Lucas Torreira, Max Meyer, Danny Ings – just some of the high profile signings made by other Premier League clubs this season that have been tipped as ones to keep an eye on over the course of 2018/19.
For Sky Sports duo Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher however, it’s Liverpool you want to be keeping watch on this season if it’s an immediate impact new signing you’re after.
For former Manchester United defender Neville, it’s Alisson Becker that fans of the Premier League should be watching out for.
Neville reveals he – like many others to be fair – was perplexed when Klopp initially stated he would stick with the goalkeeping personnel available to him at Liverpool, especially given Loris Karius’ high profile errors in last season’s Champions League final.
“To me at the end of the season when Jürgen Klopp said he was going to keep faith with the two goalkeepers he had I thought it was a strange thing at the time. I just didn’t see how it could happen if Liverpool were genuinely going to challenge for the title,” explained Neville.
“Alisson in the World Cup looked good with his feet, there were a couple of things that came off him in a parrying point of view but first test passed tonight (at Palace),” he continued.
“In terms of one to watch, it’s not who I’m looking forward to watching I’m thinking in terms of answering the questions of coming into a new league. Tonight he’s answered them by doing really good work on the ball but also in terms of goalkeeping as well.”
While Carragher also chose one of his ex-club’s new signings, the former Reds defender opted for midfield dynamo Naby Keïta.
“Yes I was! (Impressed by Keïta’s peformance against Crystal Palace)” gushed ‘Carra.’
“There was that moment in the first half when he let the ball through his legs and put Salah through was a fantastic piece of play.”
Carragher referenced Klopp’s praise upon the player’s unveiling whereby he revealed there was “no better midfielder in the Bundesliga apart from maybe Thiago of Bayern Munich” than the little Guinean.
He continued: “He’s made a good start, only two games but at this moment he really looks like he could be a top player for Liverpool!”
Both pundits had Liverpool to finish in the top four at the end of the season, agreeing that Manchester City were likely to retain top honours with the Reds hot on their heels.
Manchester United and Tottenham filled out the final two spots in both of their top four predictions.