Gary Neville believes goalkeeper Alisson has turned Liverpool into ‘genuine’ title contenders this season.
Alisson arrived at Liverpool from Roma for £67million in July, and has quickly established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old set a new record after becoming the first Reds goalkeeper to remain unbeaten in his first 16 matches in the league following Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
And Neville, who has been openly critical of Liverpool goalkeepers in the past, has praised the Brazilian ahead of tonight’s match against Napoli.
“Alisson has saved Liverpool on numerous occasions this season; earned them big points,” said Neville on Sky Sports, according to Talksport.
“Great goalkeepers win you point after point after point after point. You don’t always notice it.
“So is Van Dijk the biggest impact on that team? No he’s not.
“Look at the stats: 86 per cent save ratio – the highest in the league. Last season it was 64 per cent (ranked 19th).
“Yes, the two young lads alongside Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are fantastic – and I love watching them play.
“But for me it’s the goalkeeper [Alisson] who has made all the difference and makes them genuine contenders.”