Liverpool star Alisson Becker is “without a doubt” the world’s greatest goalkeeper, says Alexander Doni.
Alisson, who joined Liverpool last summer in a €72m deal from AS Roma, enjoyed a remarkable start to his Anfield career by helping the club win the Champions League and secure a second-place Premier League finish.
Just three years ago, however, the Brazilian was still relatively unheard of at boyhood club Internacional in his homeland. Initially, he struggled to hold down a regular starting spot against his own brother, Muriel, and Brazilian legend Dida.
In the 2015/16 season, though, Alisson finally made the Internacional number one jersey his own and starred in the club’s triumphant Campeonato Gaucho campaign.
These performances convinced AS Roma to fork out €8m to bring Alisson over to Europe in 2016. He later helped the club to their first Champions League semi-final appearance since 1984 in only his second season before completing a €72m move to Liverpool last summer.
But it turns out the Reds kept tabs on Allison for quite some time after being tipped off by Doni during his days in Brazil.
“When I saw him play, I immediately recommended him to [goalkeeping coach] John [Achterberg] and tried to get him signed,” the ex-Liverpool keeper told the club’s website.
“I explained to John that he was a very skilful player and that he would soon play for the national team.
“The first time I saw him playing for Inter, I knew he had what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.”
Aside from ending his debut season at Liverpool with a Champions League winners medal, Alisson also won the Premier League’s Golden Glove award.
When asked if his fellow Brazilian has become the world’s best keeper, Doni replied: “Yes, without a doubt.
“I am very impressed with how quick he was able to adapt to the way the Premier League is played and how quick he obtained success in England.
“This only shows what a great player and a person he is. Besides being an overall complete player, I really like how he is able to maintain calm and control.”
Alisson is currently competing for Brazil in the Copa America and will likely be between the sticks for Wednesday’s semi-final clash against Argentina.