Paul Merson has claimed that Alisson Becker put in a world-class performance for Liverpool against Southampton today.
The Reds ‘keeper made three quite remarkable saves in the second half to ensure Liverpool took home the points this afternoon. Alisson did as much to win the game as the two-goal hero Darwin Nunez. And speaking via Football Daily after the game, Merson praised both players.
“I think he’s [Nunez] been really good. Bar the sending off [against Crystal Palace], he gets in positions, he wants to score goals, he works hard for the team, scored a couple of goals today.”
“My only problem with Liverpool would be that Alisson made three world-class saves today. Don’t get me wrong, their goalkeeper made a couple, but Southampton have got something to work on. But Nunez, I like him, I think he’ll score bundles and bundles of goals, there’s no doubt about that in my opinion.”
Both players deserve praise for giving Liverpool the perfect send-off ahead of the World Cup break.
Alisson keeps out Southampton with hat-trick at Anfield
For anyone who didn’t see the game on Saturday afternoon, it may look like a routine win for Liverpool.
In reality, it was far from that. Once the third goal went in the result never really felt in doubt, but that was only really thanks to Alisson.
Liverpool just didn’t get going in the second half. The fluency they showed frequently during the opening 45 minutes was replaced by a slightly lethargic showing.
Southampton deserve some credit for that, too. The Saints were good value throughout the game and were perhaps unlucky not to come away with a little more.
That they didn’t is all the work of Alisson Becker. First, he stretched out a crucial left hand to deny Mohamed Elyounoussi one-on-one.
Minutes later, the Brazilian was at it again. It looked for all the world that Samuel Edozie was about to half Saints’ deficit when he latched onto a neat one-two from Che Adams. But once more, Alisson was there. This time, the goalie blocked the shot with his legs.
And finally, Alisson managed to save the best until last. Adams must have thought he’d scored when he bulleted Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross goal wards. Everyone in the ground probably did, too.
But not Ali. Chucking himself to his right, the 30-year-old palmed the ball clear. Three truly world-class saves which made this Liverpool win look a lot more straightforward than it actually was.