Jordan Henderson has told the Daily Mail that Alisson Becker’s save against Napoli in the group stages was the turning point in the Reds’ Champions League tournament.
He said: “The thing I remember most was the save from Alisson in injury time on Milik. I still don’t know how he made it. That moment shows why the manager wanted to sign him.
“Honestly, I can’t speak highly enough of him. He is an unbelievable keeper. You can’t stress enough the importance of that save.”
The Brazilian’s importance to Liverpool is a little bit understated considering he cost the club £66.8million last summer.
His presence at the back has been overshadowed by Virgil van Dijk’s colossal impact but the Brazilian made several huge saves over the course of the season but his stop on Arkadiusz Milik in stoppage time at Anfield was the best yet.
The Reds needed the one-nil goal advantage that they already had to make it through to the Round of 16 and when the ball fell to the Polish international, it appeared as though Liverpool were dead and buried.
Alisson charged the Napoli striker down and smothered the opportunity and ensured his side progressed to the Champions League knockout stages and looking back, that moment was monumental in the Reds’ season.
Without it, wins over Bayern, Munich, Porto and Barcelona would not have been possible let alone a second successive Champions League final.