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Watch: Alisson sends Liverpool fans crazy with cheeky chip skill against Brighton

Alisson Becker is good with his hands - that's a minimum requirement for a keeper - but the Brazilian is fast proving his use with his feet, as well.

It's a goalkeeping trait that modern managers are increasingly keen on, as shown by Pep Guardiola swiftly shipping out established Manchester City stopper Joe Hart and bringing in Claudio Bravo, to be followed a year later by Ederson.

Alisson began to prove he was handy with his boots during pre-season, when this drilled past to Mohamed Salah took twitter by storm:

Now he's done it again, this time with a delightful piece of skill against Brighton in the Reds' 1-0 Premier League victory at Anfield on Saturday evening.

With Anthony Knockaert charging down as the ball ran through to the keeper, he nonchalantly chipped it over the forward and slid an ice-cool pass to Virgil Van Dijk.

It brought gasps of astonishment and roars of approval but even Klopp admits it gave him a nervous moment.

"That's not too cool for a manager. If it works then it's cool," Klopp said.

"I had a few centre-halves who were able to do things a centre-half should not do, like Mats Hummels (at Borussia Dortmund) constantly doing things which made no sense but he was really good in there.

"Alisson is obviously a goalkeeper who can play football, which is good. He's confident enough to do it. He didn't do it for showing off, he did it to sort the situation.

"He has a nice level of confidence, so he uses that. I like the save from the header more than the chip, but the chip was the right thing to do in that situation."

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