Alisson Becker has rounded off an incredible debut season with Liverpool by winning the Copa America with Brazil and Ray Clemence says the goalkeeper can one day become a Reds icon.
The Brazilian won the Copa America on Sunday evening a month after he won the Champions League at club level.
The most impressive thing about his 2018/19 campaign, however, was the fact that he won three Golden Gloves as he kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League, Champions League and the Copa America – the first goalkeeper to do so in history.
“He’s proved this year he’s a great goalkeeper,” Clemence 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.”
Clemence is spot on about Alisson but given that Liverpool had gone so long without a major trophy, the Brazilian and the likes of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are already legends for ending the club’s trophy drought.
That said, they all need to maintain their world-class performance levels over the next few years to be remembered as some of the best players the Anfield crowd has ever seen.
Already, there are comparisons between Alan Hansen and Virgil van Dijk among others. To truly justify them, more silverware needs to be won in what could be a golden era for Liverpool.