Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, says Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is the Reds’ ‘most important’ player ahead of this weekend’s top of the table clash.
The Reds and United meet in a massive game which is a throwback to the days of old, with both teams well in the title picture.
Liverpool can go level on points with a win, while United can expand their lead to an impressive six points if they can pull off a big win at Anfield on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the game for Sky Sports, Neville and co-presenter, Jamie Carragher, were tasked with answering a number of questions about both clubs, including who their favourite and most important players are. And Neville ignored the usual calls of Salah and Mane to go with goalkeeper Alisson.
“In my younger years it would be John Barnes, he was sensational,” Neville said.
“If it was one of the modern day players now. Their most important player is Alisson. He’s transformed Liverpool to a team that was nearly there, to a team who are there.”
The former Roma goalkeeper, who earns a reported £90k-a-week, has been tremendous since he arrived and is often credited, along with Virgil van Dijk, for putting Liverpool right back at the top.
TBR View: Alisson is superb, Neville is not far wrong here
You can pick a number of Liverpool players here but Neville makes a good point when he mentions Alisson.
We’ve seen how the Reds struggle when he is missing and we’ve also seen how good he is when he’s in there. Neville has said on Sky before the stopper makes the so-called simple things look easy.
Neville is right. If Alisson was to be out, you could almost guarantee Liverpool would drop more points.