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'He is the key': Alisson insists Liverpool man who 'started it all' is still absolutely vital to the dressing room

Alisson Becker has spoke gushingly over the role that Jurgen Klopp has played in Liverpool’s success over recent years.

Speaking to uefa.com, the Liverpool goalkeeper hailed how the manager has created a team full of winners.

“He is the key figure in our squad, he is the foundation of our team, he is the one who started it all,” said Alisson.

“Our mentality is just like his. He chose all the players in the team, signed most of them, and brought most of them here. And because of his qualities as a coach, but also because of the type of person he is, his character.

“He is the person who keeps us united, and who is responsible for reminding us in the decisive moments of how strong we are together and united, and he is also the one keeping our feet on the ground, so we’re not distracted by the good results that we have been getting over the past few years.”

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Liverpool have beaten both of their closest rivals comfortably in the space of a week. Manchester United and Everton continue to lurch from crisis to crisis.

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With their adversaries in trouble, Alisson’s words are a reminder of just what Liverpool have got, and how far they have come, with Klopp.

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It is hardly a ground-breaking take from Alisson to suggest that Klopp is the key figure at Liverpool, that couldn’t be clearer.

But his words do add more detail to just how highly respected the manager is amongst his players.

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Klopp has so far remained coy over his future at Liverpool. With just over two years remaining on his current deal, some clarity will need to come over the next year or so.

If Jurgen were to walk away, Liverpool would need to replace him not only as a coach, but as a figurehead.

Following in Gerrard’s footsteps

Steven Gerrard was the man tasked with performing that role for Liverpool in the years prior to Klopp’s arrival. Manager’s came and went as the then captain maintained his status as the key man within the club.

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Of course, Klopp has filled that vacancy and then some. At a club such as Liverpool it’s important to have a strong leader that supporters can identify with. They had that in buckets with first Gerrard and then Klopp.

Should the now Aston Villa boss eventually succeed Klopp at Liverpool, that would solve that issue in some respects. Gerrard is still learning as a manager though, and his recent downturn at Villa suggests that he is still some way away from the level needed.

It will all be good learning for Stevie at this stage. But hopefully he can bounce back and show why he is one of the favourites to replace Klopp if he does leave in 2024.

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