Supporters of Liverpool have flooded to social media this evening to thank Alisson Becker for his late, late intervention to secure the Reds’ passage to the Last-16 of the Champions League.
Liverpool vs Napoli
Jurgen Klopp’s men welcomed Napoli to Anfield tonight, in a Champions League Group C decider.
Ahead of kick-off, visitors Napoli sat top of the group C table on 9 points. Liverpool, meanwhile, sat in joint-2nd spot, a point adrift of the Partenopei, and locked on points with PSG.
As such, with PSG having been widely expected to make short work of Red Star, Liverpool were well aware that a point this evening would likely not prove enough.
In the end, though, a deserved 3 points were exactly what the Merseysiders picked up.
A largely-dominant display on Liverpool’s part saw Mohamed Salah’s strike just past the half-hour mark prove decisive.
The Egyptian brilliantly skipped by Kalidou Koulibaly with ease inside the Napoli box, before slotting through the legs of former Arsenal shot-stopper David Ospina to notch the game’s solitary goal.
Alisson saves the day
However, while the Reds were deserved winners at Anfield, Napoli could, in truth, so easily have snatched a late, late equalizer to turn the Group C table on its head.
After the likes of Sadio Mane and Salah had gone close for Liverpool, a flicked Napoli cross to the back post deep into injury-time landed perfectly at the feet of the waiting Arkadiusz Milik.
The Partenopei substitute could hardly believe his luck, and no doubt saw his name in lights with the Liverpool goal at his mercy and not a defender in sight.
However, just when it looked as though the Polish hitman was set to break Reds’ hearts the world over, Alisson leapt into action, throwing himself bravely in front of Milik to make the save, and, in the process, secure a crucial, crucial win for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
WHAT. A. SAVE! 😳👏
Alisson makes a HUGE save to deny Napoli in stoppage time!
Virgil van Dijk’s reaction says it all 🙌 pic.twitter.com/IL5RlniPvM
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 11, 2018
‘Where would we be without him?’
And Liverpool’s fans have certainly not taken their big-money summer signing’s late heroics for granted, with the Anfield faithful having since taken to Twitter in their droves to lavish praise on Alisson for his latest moment of brilliance:
Also, Alisson is a GOD among men
— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@YaroLFC) December 11, 2018
JUST HOOK THAT ALISSON BECKER SAVE TO MY VEINS
— Alex Watt (@AlexWatt187) December 11, 2018
Has now kept 15 clean sheets in all competitions this season. The best Goalkeeper in the world🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/SJbwlfS2yy
— Hassan Sas Adan (@hassanadan837) December 11, 2018
Alisson and Van Dijk are proof that it doesn’t matter what you pay, it’s what you get for it. Both priceless.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) December 11, 2018
Spending £65m on Alisson and £75m on Van Dijk will be one of the best transfer deals we’ve ever made in our history. Worth every penny. pic.twitter.com/Dg4VKJ6o8L
— . (@VintageSalah) December 11, 2018
Alisson Becker is somehow making £65million look like small change. Another massive contribution. #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) December 11, 2018
Show me a better goalkeeper right now than Alisson Becker.
— Matt (@FalseFirmino) December 11, 2018
I would like to formally offer my first born to Alisson. Only reason this potential kid will be born, tbh. Saved my life.
— Diana Kristinne (@DianaKristinne) December 11, 2018
When you finally get passed Van Dijk and there’s Alisson pic.twitter.com/COod9Hq6UN
— David Nezri (@nakednezri) December 11, 2018
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) December 11, 2018