Liverpool fans have welcomed the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, and the series of clean sheets he’s brought them, with open arms but they might want to give him another squeeze after hearing his latest comments.
The 26-year-old has revealed the reasons why he chose to move to Merseyside from Roma last summer, when an offer from Chelsea was also on the table.
“I chose Liverpool for the same reasons I went to Roma when I first left Brazil – I thought this would be the best move for my career,” he revealed in an interview with Fourfourtwo.
“Chelsea were changing their manager and not playing in the Champions League. I’ve also always admired Liverpool’s history. This is a club with five European Cups in their trophy cabinet. I really wanted to be part of that history.
“I came very close to winning the competition with Roma and I’m working hard to make it happen now with Liverpool. What’s life if not fighting for your dreams? I dream of winning the Champions League.”
The £67m signing, along with fellow recent recruit Virgil van Dijk, has revolutionised the Liverpool defence, conceding just ten times in 21 Premier League games this season.
Simon Mignolet’s performance in nets in FA Cup action on Monday last served as a reminder of the importance of the club’s No. 1 to their level of performances.
But as much as the Belgian and his fellow Liverpool stopper Loris Karius have been slated for their alternating efforts at minding the house for the Reds, their replacement feels sympathy for his colleagues in the goalkeeping profession.
"I was so sad to see what happened to Karius – it could have happened to anyone,” he said of the German stopper's howlers in last year’s Champions League final, which marked the death knell of Karius' Anfield career and, consequently, the beginning of his own.