Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praises goalkeeper Alisson Becker following his debut in Saturday’s rout of Napoli.
Filed: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 12:08 UK
Last Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 12:08 UK
The Brazilian stopper kept a clean sheet in his Reds bow as Klopp’s team put five past their Serie A opponents in Dublin.
Speaking to reporters at his post-match press conference, Klopp highligted Alisson for an “all-round good performance” following his big-money move from Roma.
“He’s quite a good footballer – probably as good as the goalie he is,” the German said. “An all-round good performance for the first game, especially because I think everyone can imagine what happens inside a human being in a situation like that, playing the first game after all the things that were written about it and all that stuff.
“Playing against Napoli, it was the strongest side we played so far, 100 per cent – they had nearly a full squad here and it can look completely different. He was very, very aware of all situations when he was needed behind a high last line.
“We involved him a lot in our build-up, but we need to get used to that a little bit more still – that’s clear [and] he needs to get used to it a little bit more, but there were a lot of good build-up situations, so that helps. But at the end he’s there to catch balls and he did that in all the decisive moments today, so I’m really pleased.”
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