Liverpool are through to the next round of the Champions League after a pulsating 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield. A goal from Mohamed Salah proved the difference as Liverpool picked up the win they needed against their Italian opponents.
At the death, it seemed Liverpool might be heading out. A long ball into the box had Liverpool’s defence scrambling. The ball ended up at the feet of Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik. Yards out, he fired a half-volley at goal and a collective moment of worry emanated at Anfield. However, Alisson proved a match.
The Brazilian made a sprawling stop to prevent a 94th-minute equaliser and confirm Liverpool’s place in the final 16.
It was a moment that had former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise tweeting in excitement. The Norwegian sent out this message to his 139,000 followers:
WE HAVE THE BEST KEEPER IN THE WORLD!!!! Wow!!!
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) December 11, 2018
After his recent stop against Burnley, the hype train for Alisson is deservedly in overdrive.
Last season, Liverpool’s Champions League final hopes were essentially botched by goalkeeper Loris Karius. The German flopped twice in the final as Real Madrid were triumphant.
It was the reason why Liverpool paid a then world record £66.9 million on the Brazilian from Roma.
Is he the best in the world? Tonight he certainly proved he is in the same bracket as the likes of David De Gea, Jan Oblak and Manuel Neuer. Right now for Liverpool, he is the best stopper in their world and that is all that matters.