Jurgen Klopp praises Alisson Becker after drawing with Everton
Liverpool head-coach, Jurgen Klopp praised the “world-class” goalkeeper, Alisson after his late save secured a point against Everton in the Merseyside derby.
With 10-minutes left, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s close-range flick from a low Gylfi Sigurdsson cross was kept out by Alisson before Tom Davies’ shot from the loose struck the post. This was the closest either side came to scoring in a low-key Goodison Park encounter that ended goallessly.
“We should not take him for granted”. Said Klopp.
“Absolutely outstanding. That’s what a world-class goalkeeper is. Nothing to do for pretty much 90 minutes, then, he’s there”.
Liverpool now needs five points to be sure of the Premier League title and can still clinch their first-top flight trophy in 30 years against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday. But, only if Manchester City fail to beat Burnley at Etihad Stadium on Monday.
Alisson also made a superb save from Brazilian compatriot, Richarlison as a largely tame game with the surreal atmosphere of a derby played behind closed doors sprang into life.
Everton Keeper, Jordan Pickford saved well from Fabinho’s free-kick in the closing moments. But, it was a game that highlighted two understandably rusty sides although Liverpool’s coronation will come soon.
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The Reds would have hoped to set up a potential title win at Anfield on Wednesday with victory at Goodison Park. But, after 106 days out of action, it was perhaps understandable that a side that has overpowered so many were short of their best.
Forward, Mohamed Salah was only fit enough for the bench while left-back Andy Robertson was injured. Both were missed as Liverpool saw plenty of ball struggle to seriously test Pickford.
Naby Keita looked energetic until he came off. But, Jurgen Klopp now has further concerns over James Milner, who sustained a hamstring injury and Joel Matip who also limped off although Joe Gomez is an ideal replacement.
Liverpool’s star of the show was keeper Alisson who was in superb form when called upon in the crucial late moments.
This point means the celebratory champagne may be on the ice a little longer. But, it is only a matter of time, even days before they are back at the peak of the domestic game by clinching the long awaited title.
“The point is one we deserve”. Added Klopp.
“Everton were well organized so we had to run a lot but we looked fit and ready”.
‘Now we’ve got three days. Crystal Palace looked good on Saturday and we have to make sure we are ready for Wednesday”.