Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes believes that Alisson has the ability to become the best-ever goalkeeper for the club.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has shown incredible resilience since joining the team back in 2018 from Roma. And according to John Barnes, the Brazilian will be able to surpass club legends Ray Clemence and Bruce Grobbelaar to become the “best-ever goalkeeper”.
Just recently, Alisson signed fresh terms with Liverpool which will see him at Anfield until 2027. With 131 appearances across all competitions, the 28-year-old has already won the Champions League and the Premier League titles.
Liverpool great Barnes told BestofBets of Alisson: “I’d definitely say he can be up there with Ray Clemence and Bruce Grobbelaar as Liverpool’s best-ever goalkeeper.”
“However, if he leaves the club next year, then things would be different. At the end of the day, you judge people in terms of the legacy and what they leave behind. And the impact they’ve had on the team at the end of their careers.”
“Alisson has only been with Liverpool for two-and-a-half years. And he’s done fantastically well so if he stays and continues to play as well as he has to date, then I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes Liverpool’s best-ever goalkeeper.”
Moreover, Barnes also feels that Alisson should be accounted as the best goalkeeper in the world. He added: “Yes – I’d definitely say so.”
“Of course Ederson at Manchester City is right up there too. But Alisson is a fantastic goalkeeper and apart from being great he also brings a much-needed calmness to the team and I think that we saw it when himself and [Virgil] van Dijk came to the club, how everything just settled down and calmed down.”
“And we’ve seen even with Van Dijk playing, but when Alisson doesn’t play, then maybe the belief isn’t necessarily there. So I think that over the last three years, himself and Van Dijk have been the two most important signings. Yes, [Mohamed] Salah’s been scoring goals, but the way he plays with those two has been fantastic.”