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Gianluigi Buffon gives huge praise to Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson ahead of PSG Champions League clash

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 28/11/2018 Theo Squires
a man sitting on a wire fence: Alisson has become a much loved new player © Credits: Liverpool FC Alisson has become a much loved new player

Having kept nine clean sheets from his opening 17 games for Liverpool, Alisson has enjoyed an inspired start to life at Anfield.

The Brazilian became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when joining Jurgen Klopp’s side from AS Roma in a £65million deal back in the summer, though Chelsea swiftly broke the record when signing Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

However, it is Alisson who has kept the most shut-outs in the Premier League this season with eight to his name, having conceded a division-low total of five goals.

The 26-year-old will line up against the man he briefly replaced as the priciest shot-stopper on the planet in Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

For more than a decade, Gianluigi Buffon was widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world. A World Cup winner in 2006, he joined PSG on a free transfer from Juventus in the summer in hope of lifting the Champions League before hanging up his gloves.

However, the French side could face elimination from the competition tonight should Liverpool win at the Parc des Princes and Napoli beat Red Star Belgrade.

If Jurgen Klopp’s side do beat PSG, they know they’ll reach the knockout stages with a game to spare if Napoli avoid defeat.

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And ahead of the game, Buffon has revealed his admiration for Alisson, insisting the Reds’ number 13 is one of the best goalkeepers on the planet and could establish himself as an all-time great.

“Alisson is everything a modern goalkeeper needs to be,” Buffon told the Mirror . “Liverpool have conceded very few goals this season - and he might be a new name for those in England but for me it is no surprise.

“I have been watching him for some years now and am a big admirer. He is comfortable with the ball, he is an excellent shot stopper and I see that he gives confidence to his defence.

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“He is one of the top three goalkeepers in the world right now and has everything to go on and be a great of his position.”

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