The goalkeeper started his fourth campaign for Liverpool impressively as he kept an effort from Teemu Pukki in the first half and made sublime saves to turn down Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson in the final five minutes of the game for s ‘ensure the Reds kept a clean sheet. .
A calming presence between the sticks, it’s no surprise that the club and fans are delighted that he signed a new long-term deal earlier this month, which keeps him at the club until 2027.
The Brazilian is one of four key players who signed new contracts this summer as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk all pledged their futures to the Reds.
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Retention is obviously key for Liverpool this transfer window, although the club made their biggest deal early on with the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
Despite fans’ desire to see new faces in the squad, fans can take comfort in knowing that one of their most important players at Alisson has dedicated the next six years of his career to the club.
A goalkeeper is a difficult player to replace, something both Liverpool and Manchester United know well.
Back in 1999 and legendary shooter Peter Schmeichel put an end to a successful career with the Red Devils in favor of a move to Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.
In the years that followed, Mark Bosnich, Raymond van der Gouw, Fabien Barthez, Roy Carroll and Tim Howard were all tasked with replacing the Denmark international.
None of them really match the bill.
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It wasn’t until 2005, when they signed Edwin van der Sar, that they finally found a long-term solution.
It took the Manchester club six years to replace Schmeichel and they ensured that the same did not happen when van der Sar retired at the club in 2011 by fielding David de Gea as his successor.
However, even now there is uncertainty as to the position of De Gea and United academy product Dean Henderson, both struggling to be the top pick.
For the Reds, Pepe Reina spent eight seasons as Liverpool’s undisputed No.1 when he replaced Jerzy Dudek in 2005, before spending the 2013/14 season on loan at Napoli and joining Bayern Munich permanently in his back in 2014.
Simon Mignolet was picked to replace the Spain international and he spent five seasons with the club, rivaling Loris Karius to be the top pick.
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Despite the pair’s choice, the goalkeeper remained a problematic position for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.
The Champions League final against Real Madrid in 2018 made it clear that the current options are not strong enough and that Liverpool need to spend big to fix the issue once and for all.
Which they did as Alisson joined Roma ahead of the 2018/19 season and it is no surprise that a major success duly followed.
Alisson, combined with the signing of Brazilian team-mate Fabinho, has completed the backbone of this Liverpool side and tying the pair to long-term contract extensions will only help further accomplishments for the club.
The swift negotiations that followed their return from a summer break are testament to the strong position Liverpool have placed themselves in.
History says that Liverpool managers and teams of the past would struggle to keep such world-class players, but now under Klopp it’s become an expectation.
A look back at United’s struggle to replace a player of Schmeichel’s caliber and Liverpool’s prolonged difficulty in finding a keeper who displays such composure should serve as a reminder of just how important Alisson’s contract extension really is.