When Alisson Becker was signed from Roma in a deal worth £66.8m last summer, eyebrows were raised as to how a goalkeeper could merit such a fee.
Before Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £71m move to Chelsea just weeks later, the move meant Alisson became the most expensive keeper of all time – it was certainly a statement of Liverpool’s intent.
The deal came about in ruthless manner, too.
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The Reds had just lost the Champions League final in Kiev, falling to a 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid after two glaring errors from Loris Karius that will sadly define the rest of his career.
Tears were shed, threats were unfortunately sent, and Liverpool decided to ship the German off to Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.
There is no room for emotion clouding your judgement at the top level, however, and the Merseysiders’ investment in Alisson has been fully justified.
In addition to the fact that the Brazilian won the Golden Glove in his first season with 21 Premier League clean sheets, his performance in the Champions League final was heroic.
The former Roma man made a whopping eight saves, more than any glovesman has made in a Champions League final since 2004/05 – most of them were simple saves, but his confidence and assurance helped ease the back four’s nerves on an evening where they came under siege a fair bit.
Alisson Becker, tears in his eyes at the glorious scenes. My emotions have gone into overdrive this weekend. pic.twitter.com/meNzhKQyQc
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) June 3, 2019
The 26-year-old’s clean sheet inside the Wanda Metropolitano was also the first shutout in a Champions League final since another Brazilian, Julio Cesar, thwarted Bayern Munich in 2010.
The scenes of him hugging the famous trophy after full-time, and the images of him in tears on the bus at the parade the following day prove just how badly he wanted it.
Alisson made 8️⃣ saves vs Spurs last night ⛔️
No goalkeeper has made more in a #UCLFinal in 15 years (2003/04).
Liverpool have found their number one 🙌 pic.twitter.com/F1nMGk7DbU
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 2, 2019
The clip of him kissing the ball after saving a low Lucas Moura shot also shows just how much he values the protection of his goal.
In Alisson, Liverpool have a very, very safe pair of hands and a player that is looking every bit worth his record-breaking transfer fee.