Alisson’s transfer to Liverpool last summer was extremely costly, but 12 months down the line his £66.8 million fee (BBC Sport) now looks a snip.
The Brazilian stopper has been a revelation for the Reds, making a huge difference to the team defensively.
After Loris Karius’ nightmare in the 2018 Champions League final, change was needed and Alisson has come in and, along with Virgil van Dijk, made Liverpool almost impenetrable at the back.
He played a huge role in Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League triumph, and his signing is already looking like a complete game-changer for the club.
Such transfer might not have actually happened if it wasn’t for a forgotten former Liverpool player who made just four appearances for the club.
Alexander Doni spent two years at Anfield and played second fiddle to Pepe Reina.
Like Alisson, he transferred from AS Roma and he claims to have recommended the 26-year-old to Reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.
He told the club’s official website: “Yes, when I saw him play, I immediately recommended him to John and tried to get him signed.
“I explained to John that he was a very skilful player and that he would soon play for the national team.
“The first time I saw him playing for Inter, I knew he had what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.”
Ironically, Doni’s recommendation of Alisson is probably his biggest contribution for Liverpool.
Clearly he saw massive potential in him and fans should be thanking the veteran for the role he has seemingly played.
Because Alisson has already helped Liverpool to one trophy, and he has the ability to help them to many more while he’s on Merseyside.