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Keeper coach full of praise for £65m Alisson

 

Confident: Alisson Becker
Confident: Alisson Becker

By Carl Markham

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker's impressive late cameo in the Champions League final offered just a tiny glimpse of how good he will become, according to the man who watches him every day.

And John Achterberg, the Reds' long-serving goalkeeping coach, believes no one can now doubt the £65m spent on the Brazil international last summer was not worth the outlay.

The 26-year-old was a virtual bystander for 70 minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano as his side led 1-0 from an early penalty and opponents Tottenham struggling to lay a glove on Liverpool.

But with the stakes raised in the final stages he pulled off a string of saves with a confidence that left his team-mates in no doubt a sixth European Cup was returning to Merseyside.

"It is unbelievable the way he stayed calm in the difficult situations and the saves he makes, he takes the team through the pressure moments," Achterberg said.

"He's done it in a few games: Napoli to get to the knockout round, Barcelona to get to the final. What can you say?

"Decision-making you cannot train, you train and try to prepare but what he does is so unbelievable in his first year in the UK."

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