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‘He is the best goalkeeper in the world’ – Lonergan on Alisson

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Andy Lonergan has singled out his Liverpool teammate Alisson Becker as the world’s best goalkeeper following another impressive season at Anfield.

Liverpool opted to dish out £67million on Alisson after Loris Karius’ epic blunders in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid.

It turned out to be one of the Reds’ best transfer decisions, along with the one that led to Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival from Southampton.

The Brazilian shot-stopper has been nothing short of outstanding since joining the Anfield outfit from Roma, bringing a much-needed composure and security to the Merseysiders’ backline.

Alisson played a pivotal role in his team’s victorious Champions League campaign in 2018/19, also winning the Premier League’s Golden Glove in his debut season in England.

After enduring an injury-hit start to the 2019/20 season, the 27-year-old returned between the sticks to pick up 13 clean sheets in 29 Premier League outings, helping Liverpool win their first league title in 30 years.

Jurgen Klopp drafted Andy Lonergan in ahead of this season to fill in for Allison, but despite failing to make a single appearance this term, the 36-year-old enjoyed his time at Anfield.

“We’ve not had everyone fit all season, it’s only recently we’ve had all four goalkeepers, first-team goalkeepers, training together,” he told Liverpool Echo.

“It’s been brilliant. It’s the best group I’ve been part of. Obviously talent-wise but as guys as well.

“It’s common for people to say, ‘The goalie had nothing to do,’ but Alisson makes it that way. The way he controls his defense.

“The hardest thing for a goalkeeper is having nothing to do because your lesser goalkeepers will start looking for stuff, coming out for balls aren’t theirs, trying to make an impact on the game, but Ali is flawless.

“He is by far the best goalkeeper in the world, and I won’t have anyone ever tell me any differently.”