With the recent news that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has signed a new contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2027 at least, Reds fans will have breathed a sigh of relief that the best goalkeeper in the club’s recent history is set to stay between the sticks for plenty more years to come. Since arriving at Liverpool in the summer of 2018, Alisson has been a major factor in Liverpool becoming consistent favourites for trophies on sites like Betdaq.
You can’t say that the Brazilian doesn’t deserve to be rewarded for his form at Anfield. Time and again, Alisson has come to the rescue for Jürgen Klopp’s side, whether it’s through stunning saves, quick footwork, or even venturing forward to nod in a late winner! After committing his foreseeable future to Liverpool, let’s take a look back at three times Alisson has made the headlines for his goalkeeping excellence.
Champions League saviour
After the sensational semi-final win over Barcelona, and the memorable victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, it’s strange to think that Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in 2019 would not have happened if it hadn’t been for Alisson’s group-stage heroics.
With Liverpool’s progression hanging in the balance, they led Napoli 1-0 in their final group match, when in stoppage time the ball fell to Arkadiusz Milik just six yards from Liverpool’s goal. It looked to be a certain equaliser, but Alisson had other ideas, flailing his limbs to deny the Napoli striker with a stunning stop. Liverpool held out to win the match and advance to the last 16, and we all know what happened next!
Assisting the Egyptian King
Flash-forward a season, and Liverpool’s title credentials were being tested by the visit of Manchester United to Anfield. With a sizeable lead at the top of the Premier League table at the time, Liverpool led United 1-0 thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s first-half header. However, the visitors were pushing hard for an equaliser, and forced a corner with just seconds remaining on the clock.
The ball found its way into Alisson’s grateful arms, but instead of clutching it to his chest and running down the clock, the Brazilian spotted Mohamed Salah and picked him out with an inch-perfect drop-kick. Salah’s speed took him all the way to United’s goal, before slotting past David De Gea to send Anfield into delirium. That was the moment that Liverpool’s supporters truly believed they would win the title that season, and Alisson played a massive role in delivering one of Anfield’s most memorable goals.
Back of the net
Last season saw Alisson achieve something that all goalkeepers dream of- scoring a goal. Liverpool were being held to a goalless draw by West Bromwich Albion in a frustrating match at The Hawthorns, when the Reds forced a late corner. Alisson was given the green light to go forward and join the attack, before Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery landed right on his bonce.
One bullet header later, West Brom’s net had bulged and Liverpool’s players and staff were in a state of frenzy. They held out for a 2-1 win, which proved vital in the team ultimately regaining some pride and finishing third in the Premier League table after a challenging season. It was a touching personal moment for Alisson, who had lost his father earlier in the year. If that goal wasn’t enough to earn a pay-rise and a contract extension, we don’t know what was!