Former England international Danny Mills has expressed how vital it is that Liverpool tie down their Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson for as long as they can.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-defender has commented that the 27-year-old could have another decade of football left in him if he remains fully fit and as a result, the Reds should be looking to cement his place at Anfield.
The goalkeeper signed for Liverpool in 2018 from Roma for a fee of £66.8million and is currently contracted until 2024 (via BBC Sport). Alisson is amongst a list of key players Jurgen Klopp is eager to tie down at Anfield, with Virgil van Dijk reportedly set to be offered a new £50million wage package (via Football Insider).
The 27-year-old has helped transform Liverpool’s defence and has played an integral part in the club’s sixth European title and their current runaway Premier League season.
“It is very important Liverpool tie him down to a new deal,” Mills commented. “He is calmness personified. He is exceptional at what he does and gives everyone that assurance with that air of confidence that he has.”
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Liverpool deserve to finally have a word-class goalkeeper like Alisson. Their famous near-miss title win in the 2013/14 campaign was agonising for players and fans alike – this year the Reds should finally lift their first ever Premier League trophy and a lot of thanks are owed to the Brazil international.
Alisson is currently joint-second place in this season’s goalkeeper rankings for most clean sheets. The 6 foot 2 man has kept 10 clean sheets this term, just one less than Burnley’s Nick Pope who leads the way. Alisson’s total clean sheet record sits at 31 form 58 Premier League games played (via Premier League).
Liverpool’s recent Champions League woes were heavily down to deputy Adrian’s blunder in goal against Atletico Madrid. His Anfield error cut close to the bone, mimicking that of Loris Karius’ costly mistake in the 2017/18 final.
As the Reds edge closer to lifting their first top-flight trophy in 30 years, the glory will only make Liverpool hungry for more. To keep pushing and not revert back to painful near-misses, a world-class defence is key. Alisson is absolutely crucial to the club and could be the difference between runners-up and champions in several competitions.
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