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    Monday, 6 August 2018

    Liverpool legend predict Alisson's Anfield future

    Goalkeeping legend Bruce Grobbelaar is confident Alisson can deliver for the Reds

    Liverpool signed Alisson Becker from AS Roma following the failure of both Mignolet and Loris Karius to satisfy the kop.

    The Brazilian Goalkeeper, on a world record transfer fee valued at £67million, penned a six-year deal with the Reds and was handed his Liverpool debut in 5-0 friendly win over Napoli in Dublin.

    Former Liverpool Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar is optimistic Alisson signing will be a game changer for Liverpool.
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    The Veteran said: “Anyone who comes out of Brazil at a young age and comes over to Europe has got to have a big heart and a big personality.

    “He has that in abundance and he will go from strength to strength in the Premier League. He's a great buy - even at that money.

    “With Roma he was fantastic and has learned his trade in Europe. Now this is an even bigger challenge in the Premier League at Liverpool but he's made for it.

    “He has played at the high level for Brazil in the Wold Cup and Roma in Serie A. He won't have a problem at all.”

    “It can be daunting playing in front of the Kop. But when Roma were at Liverpool last season in the Champions League semi-finals he saw what kind of atmosphere is generated at Anfield.

    “He embraced that and wanted more and that's a good sign. It'll be a dream for him to come and have that every other week."

    Grobbelaar bagged six League title at Anfield as well as the European Cup in fourteen seasons at Anfield.

    And he insists Alisson has all the traits to compare with David de Gea, Ederson, Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris as one of the Premier League's top keepers.

    Says Grobbelaar: “I look at De Gea who is probably the best keeper in the League today. But in his first two years at Manchester United he was nowhere near the calibre of keeper he is now.

    “Alisson arrives at Liverpool with much more experience than De Gea had when he first went to United so I don't think there will be anyone out there who doesn't feel Alisson shouldn't be here.

    “He is the keeper Jurgen has pinpointed and we got him. And I believe he will make a big difference.

    “He is confident but as long as he sticks to what he does best he'll be a great acquisition. I had to learn some hard lessons in my early days because I was a bit of a showman, a kind of Jekyl and Hyde character .

    “I'd be walking on my hands when the ball was down the other end of the pitch until Bob Paisley saw me do it.

    “He told me if I continued doing that I'd find myself back at Crewe. So I just stopped then and we happened to go on a very big winning run after that.”

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