Alisson Becker says the save he made against Napoli in the group stages was his favourite personal moment of Liverpool’s Champions League campaign so far.
Liverpool will travel to Madrid to take on Tottenham in the final in just over two weeks time after their miraculous semi-final comeback against Barcelona.
Which save is Alisson talking about? Five key things to know…
- Liverpool endured a difficult group stage, losing at Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.
- Going into the final matchday, only a win against Napoli at Anfield could book a place in the Round-of-16 for Liverpool.
- Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 34th minute but the Reds failed to score a second, making things uncomfortable.
- Alisson was forced into action in stoppage time, pulling off a fine save to prevent Arkadiusz Milik from knocking Liverpool out.
- Jurgen Klopp’s side have been much improved in the knockout rounds, beating Porto, Bayern Munich and Barcelona on the way to the final.
Alisson has experienced a remarkable first season at Liverpool, winning the Premier League Golden Glove with 22 clean sheets as the Merseysiders narrowly missed out on the title.
Liverpool could yet finish the campaign with silverware, and Alisson will be looking to keep his sixth Champions League clean sheet of the season against Spurs.
When asked about his top personal moment of the current Champions League campaign, the Brazilian spoke fondly about his save against Napoli.
“I think that anything can change a series of events, in one second or one minute,” Alisson said.
“But without a doubt, the save against Napoli was pretty much the last touch of the ball and that save could be counted as a goal, I say.
“But of course, my teammates played their part as well and that’s what makes it so special, to be part of that group and to be able to help them. They are such incredible players.”
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Barcelona memories will last forever – Alisson
Even with Liverpool’s history of comebacks, nobody expected Klopp’s men to come from three goals down to beat Barcelona in the semi-final second leg.
Lionel Messi’s extraordinary first leg performance had put the La Liga champions in control of the tie, but Liverpool showed an unmatched spirit back at Anfield to reach the final.
And Alisson says the memories of that night will stay with him forever.
He added: “That memory will be with me forever, it’s a story that I’ll be telling my children and my grandchildren.
“I’m just hoping that we can see this story through, God willing, to get the title, which is our main objective.”