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Alisson reveals the trick that helped Liverpool conquer Europe

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Alisson Becker opened up on how a minor tactical change proved key to Liverpool winning the Champions League last season.

Following a heartbreaking defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 final, Liverpool redeemed themselves by beating Tottenham 2-0 in Spain in this year’s final.

And one of the key factors behind their victorious campaign was, undisputedly, goalkeeper Alisson, who kept six clean sheets in the club’s 12 Champions League games.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp signed Alisson from AS Roma last summer in a €62.50m deal. It was one of the German’s four major signings, which cost the club board a total of €182.20m. The other three arrivals were Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.

But Alisson and his fellow new signings proved it was money well spent by helping Liverpool finish second in the Premier League with a staggering 97 points. Their efforts were ultimately awarded by playing roles in making the Reds kings of Europe again.

For this season, Liverpool implemented a new type of style that emphasised on speed and athleticism.

And now Alisson has revealed what change Klopp implemented that led to their European success.

“The technical quality of [Liverpool and Brazil] is absurd, very big,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“We train a lot there [at Liverpool] and when we regain possession of the ball, we make vertical passes to try and seek out the best option up front.

“From last year to here, our team has evolved a lot. I can control when I have to control and we have worked more on ball possession.

“Because it was very vertical [last season], we would take counter-attacks. This year we were more consistent, more knowledgeable in-game.”