The 20-year-old spent part of last season on loan with Accrington Stanley and went viral on social media after being asked by manager Jon Coleman to take free-kick duties after whipping a 30-yard effort into the top corner into a workout. session.
Now the first choice at Stoke following a goalkeeper injury crisis, the England Under-21 international signed the Potters from former Red Andy Lonergan last month for finding out he was the Melwood’s locker room last season.
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“Andy Lonergan came in last month (on a short-term contract) and told me that one day Alisson entered training watching a video with a goalie taking free kicks,” Bursik recalled to the Daily Mail. “He said ‘Lonners, Lonners, is this in England?’
“Lonners said ‘Yeah, it’s in Ligue 1’ and obviously they were talking about me.
“Alisson was apparently just saying ‘I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it. He couldn’t believe it was in proper professional football.
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“It was funny to hear. ”
One can only assume that Alisson was equally amused by compatriot Rogerio Ceni’s free-kick prowess, with the legendary Brazilian having scored 131 goals in his 23-year career at Sao Paulo.