Virgil van Dijk salutes ‘fantastic’ Liverpool FC star
The Liverpool FC record signing opens up about Alisson Becker's impact on the Reds team
Virgil van Dijk has admitted that Alisson Becker’s performances have given the Liverpool FC team confidence.
The Brazil international saved Liverpool FC from demotion to the Europa League on Tuesday night after the summer signing made an incredible last-gasp save in the 1-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League.
Liverpool FC appeared to be on the brink of a place in the last-16 draw next Monday after Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock in the first half at Anfield.
However, Arkadiusz Milik was presented with the chance to score an added-time equaliser that would have sent Napoli through to the round of 16 and left Liverpool FC contemplating Europa League football.
But Alisson managed to make himself big and block the Poland international’s attempt on goal to keep a clean sheet and secure Liverpool FC’s progress in the competition.
Liverpool FC supporters are well aware of how Alisson’s presence has transformed the Reds defence over the past five months alongside Van Dijk.
Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet were prone to mistakes in the Liverpool FC goal that often spread panic amongst Jurgen Klopp’s back four.
Van Dijk, who moved to Liverpool FC in a world record fee for a defender in January, highlighted Alisson’s impact on the Liverpool FC team.
“He’s been fantastic for Liverpool and for us,” Van Dijk told Liverpool FC’s website.
“[He’s a] great character, a great guy and he helps us all. He gives confidence to everyone. That’s how it is and how it should be as well, for the whole team.”
Alisson has kept 10 clean sheets in 16 games in the Premier League this term.
Asked about the result, Van Dijk admitted that Liverpool FC should have won by a greater margin after 22 shots on goal.
“We should’ve made it a bit easier I think, but the job is done and we’re through to the knockout stages,” Van Dijk added.
“We could’ve made it a bit easier if we’d scored two more, but in the end, especially for us at the back and in the midfield [it’s about] keeping it tight, win your headers, and we did it.
“In the end, [we’re] very pleased. That Ali needs to make the fantastic save is something that wasn’t really necessary if we’d scored all the goals – including myself. But like I said, we’re through.”