Former Liverpool ‘keeper Ray Clemence reckons Alisson can go on to establish himself as a club legend after his fine start between the sticks at Anfield.
The Brazilian ‘keeper briefly became the most expensive goalkeeper in world football last summer, when Liverpool agreed to pay Roma £68 million for his services.
Despite the Reds paying what looked at the time to be an exorbitant fee for a goalkeeper, Alisson went on to prove his worth, leading Liverpool to a second place finish in the table as well as glory in the Champions League, winning the Premier League‘s Golden Glove along the way with 21 clean sheets.
The 26-year-old has followed up his performances at club level and taken them onto the international stage, where he is yet to concede a goal in any of Brazil’s Copa America games ahead of today’s final against underdogs, Peru.
Alisson's last 9 matches for club & country:
🆚 Barcelona – Clean Sheet
🆚 Wolves – Clean Sheet
🆚 Tottenham – Clean Sheet
🆚 Honduras – Clean Sheet
🆚 Bolivia – Clean Sheet
🆚 Venezuela – Clean Sheet
🆚 Peru – Clean Sheet
🆚 Argentina – Clean Sheet
🆚 Paraguay – Clean Sheet pic.twitter.com/vW86Mubayz
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 7, 2019
Speaking about the Brazil international, former Reds stopper Ray Clemence – who won five First Division titles and three European Cups during his time as Liverpool goalkeeper in the 1970s and 80s – has said that if Alisson maintains his standards for the next five to ten years, he will go down as a club legend.
“He’s proved this year he’s a great goalkeeper,” he told Sky Sports. “Truly great ones, the legends, continue to do that for the next five, 10 years.
“The word legend is thrown out without thinking, some of the players I was lucky to play with did it for six, seven, eight, 10 years – and that’s why they are so revered at Liverpool.
“But he’s had a great start. With foreign players, it’s partly down to how long they and their families want to stay at a club. Hopefully yes, but only they can make that call.”