Liverpool’s Alisson is BETTER than Brazil rival Ederson, former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson claims

12 Jun

Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has said Liverpool star Alisson is a better goalkeeper than Brazil rival Ederson, who plays for Manchester City.

The two Brazilian glovesmen are among the best in the world, and they both ended 2018/19 with silverware as the Reds won the Champions League and City secured a second consecutive Premier League title.

Alisson helped Liverpool lift the European Cup and also claimed the Premier League Golden Glove award
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In his first season at the club Alisson was the recipient of the Premier League Golden Glove award, having kept the most clean sheets across the campaign with 21 in total.

Ederson conceded on the final day against Brighton meaning he stayed on 20 clean sheets for the season, having been tied with his Brazil rival before kick-off.

 

Both shot-stoppers are Brazil internationals, with Alisson favoured as the nations No. 1; he has 35 caps to Ederson’s five.

However, they continue to battle for the starting position and Ederson will hope to claim Alisson’s place for this summer’s Copa America, which kicks-off in Brazil this Saturday.

And Kleberson, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, before spending two seasons with Man United, believes there is little to separate the two goalkeepers – though he knows which one he prefers.

“It’s a tough one to choose between Alisson and Ederson,” Kleberson told betoclock.com. “Both are coming off a strong season and have had good moments.

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“Ederson is a solid keeper but Alisson has risen to the big occasions this season.

“For me, Alisson is just the better goalkeeper but there is not much between them.”

Alisson will cap off an incredible debut season with Liverpool by officially becoming the Reds’ No. 1 from the start of 2019/20.

He’s worn No. 13 since joining from Roma last summer, but it was confirmed earlier this month that Alisson will inherit the No. 1 jersey from Loris Karius for the upcoming campaign.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is rewarded with No.1 shirt to cap remarkable debut season at Anfield

6 Jun

Alisson will cap off an incredible debut season with Liverpool by officially becoming the Reds’ number 1.

The goalkeeper has enjoyed a phenomenal campaign with the Anfield club after joining for £66.8million from Roma last summer.

Alisson has been superb in his first season at Liverpool
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He won the Premier League Golden Glove award for keeping 21 clean sheets as Liverpool fell an agonising one point short of Manchester City in the title race.

Alisson did not end the season empty handed, however, as he kept a clean sheet in the Champions League final as the Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

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The Brazilian has been wearing No.13 all season but from the start of the upcoming 2019/20 campaign that will change.

Alisson will inherit the No.1 jersey from Loris Karius Liverpool confirmed on their official website.

Karius is currently halfway through a two season loan spell with Besiktas and will relinquish the shirt number traditionally worn by a club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Alisson will wear the No.1 next season on a new goalkeeper strip, with the Reds choosing a black with gold trim outfit for their home matches.

Some Liverpool fans are quick to remind Philippe Coutinho of his comments on Barcelona move after Reds’ Champions League triumph

2 Jun

Philippe Coutinho’s comments from the time he completed his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona have come back to haunt him.

The forward completed a £143million move to the Nou Camp in January 2018 but it does not seem to have held Jurgen Klopp’s side back.

One of the reasons he gave was that he wanted to ‘win big titles’.

Philippe Coutinho moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018
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Liverpool, though, went on to win the Champions League on Saturday when they beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

“Everyone knows that I wanted to come to Barcelona,” he said to 8tv’s ‘Fora de Joc’ programme.

“It wasn’t possible in the summer, but we worked so that it could be done in winter.

“I really want to win big titles, it was one of the reasons that made me sign for the club.

“I want to win as many as I can, I don’t have preferences.”

Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk pose with the Champions League trophy
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The Liverpool chairman, Tom Werner, believed Coutinho now regretted that decision to seek a move away from Anfield.

“I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play for one of the two big Spanish clubs,” Werner told the Liverpool Echo.

“We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience big Champions League occasions by staying at Liverpool.

“I think he probably regrets his decision.”

The Reds reinvested that money in signing Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker for a combined £131million.

Some Liverpool fans were quick to remind Coutinho of this and thank him for leaving.

 

Liverpool 2005 vs 2019: Who makes this combined Reds XI ahead of Champions League final?

1 Jun

Liverpool are going for Champions League No.6 when they face Tottenham in the final in Madrid on Saturday – a game you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.

Jurgen Klopp’s men go into the showpiece match as slight favourites but will know they’re in for a hard game against a Spurs side that beat Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax along the way.

The Liverpool players and coaching staff celebrate their amazing semi-final win over Barcelona
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Spurs are making their first appearance in the final of the competition but Liverpool are a lot more experienced in that racket with Saturday’s game being their ninth final in Europe’s premier club competition.

The last time Liverpool won the Champions League was in 2005 when they sensationally came back from 3-0 down to eventually win on penalties against a star-studded AC Milan side.

The miracle of Istanbul is made all the more brilliant when you see the starting line-up that Rafael Benitez fielded.

The starting Liverpool XI in the 2005 Champions League final
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Liverpool’s team now certainly has a lot more quality with a number of world class players at Klopp’s disposal.


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But this got us thinking at talkSPORT.com, who would make a combined XI from Liverpool’s 2005 team and their current squad?

Below you can see which players have made this ultimate Liverpool line-up.


Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

Jerzy Dudek had the game of his life in Istanbul which saw him make an incredible double save to deny Andriy Shevchenko in extra-time and also force Milan into missing three penalties in the shootout.

But Alisson is a world class keeper and is far more reliable than Dudek ever was at Liverpool.

The Brazilian is also much better on the ball than Dudek ever was.

Alisson made some huge saves in the semi-finals against Barcelona
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Defence: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jamie Carragher, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson

Jamie Carragher is the only defender from the 2005 team that makes this combined XI. He was never the greatest on the ball but he would die for the shirt and made a number of crucial tackles throughout his career.

He played through the pain barrier in extra-time after getting cramp in the closing stages but was still able to keep Milan’s world class attack at bay.

Carragher is the only defender from the 2005 XI to make the combined team
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Elsewhere, Trent Alexander-Arnold gets picked ahead of Steve Finnan at right-back, while Virgil van Dijk is a shoo-in for the other centre-back slot.

Andy Robertson is in at left-back ahead of Djimi Traore. It’s not even a debate.

Midfield: Fabinho, Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard

If there’s anywhere where Liverpool’s current team are arguably weak it’s in midfield.

Despite Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum’s sterling performances against Barcelona, there’s no room for them in this combined XI.

Fabinho and Xabi Alonso are a perfect duo in defensive midfield with the Brazilian breaking up the play of the opposition and the Spaniard spraying the ball expertly around the pitch.

Steven Gerrard started Liverpool’s amazing comeback with this header
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Steven Gerrard, arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever player, played in central midfield in Istanbul but he was at his best when playing just off the striker so would occupy the attacking role in midfield.

Attack: Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane

And up front you have the Red Arrows – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

The trio are one of the most dangerous front lines in world football so have to be in this combined XI.

Liverpool’s attackers have terrorised many defences this season
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The likes of Milan Baros, Luis Garcia and Djibril Cisse may have had good moments at Liverpool but they were nowhere near Salah, Firmino and Mane’s level.

Liverpool 05 and 19 combined XI
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Jurgen Klopp’s signings for Liverpool are worth nearly €1BILLION – almost 50% what Reds paid for them

28 May

When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in 2015, few could have predicted the impact the German would have.

With the Reds drifting further and further away from the Premier League elite, Klopp set about transforming his beleaguered new side into world-beaters.

As the enigmatic German forced his squad to salute the Kop after a 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion, critics and cynics sniggered in unison.

Jurgen Klopps transformation of Liverpool is nothing short of spectacular
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Chances are, those same sceptics are the ones lauding the former Borussia Dortmund boss for taking Liverpool to a second successive Champions League Final.

The red half of Merseyside will cram into the Wanda Metropolitano to watch their heroes attempt to bring home a sixth major European trophy against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Much of Klopp’s success can be attributed to his excellent man management and tactical aptitude – creating an unstoppable force both home and away.

But it is his savvy approach to the transfer market which has propelled the Reds from barely making the Champions League last season, to pushing Manchester City all the way for the title this year.

The German has started a movement which transcends football
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The CIES football observatory is a research group based in Switzerland which specialises in technically analysing player performance and scientifically estimating the transfer values of players.

Aiming to calculate the value of players as correctly as possible, the research CIES undertake is regularly mandated by prestigious organisations such as (among others) FIFA, UEFA, City Football Group, Chelsea, Club Atlético Madrid and Benfica.

Plenty of Klopp’s signings are still at the club and form the backbone of his strongest XI. And, using the data provided by CIES, we can determine just how incredibly

For the purpose of this investigation, we have included Trent Alexander-Arnold. Although not technically a Klopp signing, the right-back has established himself in the squad under the German. Just take a look at how drastically the squad has increased in value.

Jurgen Klopps Liverpool team has drastically increased in value

The selected players from the above graphic arrived at Anfield for a combined total of £390.5million.

In today’s market, and in accordance with the calculations made by CIES, the total value of thee players now stands at €905million (£796.7million).

At an increase of almost 50% it is clear to see just how much Klopp has transformed Liverpool and how his signings have taken the Reds to unbelievable new heights.

Champions League Team of the Tournament: talkSPORT picks the best players, including Lionel Messi and Matthijs de Ligt

28 May

The 2018/19 Champions League has been one of the best competitions in recent memory.

There has been incredible drama from start to finish and every neutral will be hoping for more of the same in the final on June 1, which is live on talkSPORT.

It has been a phenomenal Champions League season
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In the last round, we witnessed two of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history when Liverpool and Tottenham both defied the odds to progress to the final in Madrid.

But who has made the Champions League Team of the Season? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict.


Formation: 4-2-3-1

GOALKEEPER

Alisson has been superb this season

ALISSON BECKER has had a superb debut season following his arrival from Roma for £68m and without him the Reds certainly wouldn’t have made it to the final.

The Liverpool shot-stopper put in a string of fine saves against Barcelona, particularly in the second leg of the tie where he remarkably came out with a clean sheet.

However, his most important save of the competition came in Liverpool’s final group game against Napoli, where he incredibly denied Arkadiusz Milik from point blank range to keep his side in the competition.

DEFENDERS

The left-back spot was a toss-up between JORDI ALBA and Andy Robertson but ultimately the Spaniard’s stats have been phenomenal in the competition.

Alba has provided five assists in his 11 appearances – the joint highest this season – and no player has made more crosses into the box in the tournament this campaign.

Alexander-Arnold was instrumental in Liverpool’s run to the final
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VIRGIL VAN DIJK and MATTHIJS DE LIGT have both been outstanding defensively and have been instrumental for their teams with their leadership qualities.

Both defenders have popped up with goals at crucial stages of the competition, too.

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD takes the right-back slot with ease, having provided three assists in the competition and showing the presence of mind to play the ball to Divock Origi to finish from a corner to complete the dramatic comeback against Barcelona.

MIDFIELDERS

It’s amazing to think how far MOUSSA SISSOKO has come in the Lilywhite shirt.

He is now one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important players and he changed the tie as soon as he came on against Ajax in the semi-final first leg.

Sissoko has become one of Spurs’ most important players

He changed the game with his powerful surging runs as soon as he set foot on the pitch and he continued to cause trouble for the Dutch side in the second leg. Without Sissoko, Spurs would be nowhere near the final.

FRENKIE DE JONG takes the other spot in front of defence for his assured displays throughout the campaign.

The Dutch midfielder has the incredible ability to always play the right pass and keep play ticking over in midfield. Barcelona have a real dime in their ranks.

FORWARDS

SADIO MANE has had another great season in the Champions League, chipping in with four goals in Liverpool’s run to the final.

The Senegalese international works tirelessly for his side and caused problems for Barcelona throughout the semi-final tie.

DUSAN TADIC takes the spot in the no.10 role for his brilliant performances for Ajax. The Serb has a stunning six goals and four assists in the competition this season and earned a rare 10/10 rating from L’Equipe after destroying Real Madrid in the last-16 tie.

Tadic destroyed Real Madrid earlier this season

LUCAS MOURA single-handedly clawed Spurs back into the fold against Ajax and netted a stunning hat-trick to send his side into the final.

The Brazilian became just the fifth player to score a hat-trick in a semi-final and that alone is worthy of a spot in the Team of the Tournament.

LIONEL MESSI is the top scorer in the competition (12) by some distance and has ripped both Manchester United and Liverpool to shreds at Camp Nou.

The Argentine still hasn’t got his hands on the Champions League trophy since 2015 and will be desperate to win it next season.

Have a look at our line-up in full below…

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Premier League Golden Glove: 2018/19 winner and most clean sheets: Full ranking revealed as WHO wins goalkeeping award

12 May

The Premier League Golden Glove winner has been revealed upon the completion of the 2018/19 season.

And the award is shared this season between Alisson and Ederson of Liverpool and Manchester City respectively, as they both kept clean sheets in their final matches to make it 21 for the season.

Alisson shares the individual award with his Brazil team-mate Ederson – though the latter enjoys Premier League glory

Ederson’s final day clean sheet ensured City stayed ahead of the Reds to claim the Premier League title, becoming the first team to retain the trophy since local rivals Manchester United in 2007/08 and 2008/09.

Ederson and Allison join Edwin van der Sar in keeping 21 clean sheets in a single Premier League season; the former Red Devils glovesman achieved the feat during the aforementioned 2008/09 campaign.

However, they fall three clean sheets short of the current league record, set by Petr Cech in 2004/05. He kept 24 as Chelsea won their first ever Premier League title, conceding just 15 goals in the process.

Cech’s superb record is sure to stand for a long, long time

This is just the second occasion the Golden Glove award has been shared between two players, with Cech and Wojciech Szczesny, then of Arsenal, each keeping 16 clean sheets in 2013/14.

So Ederson and Alisson take the crown, but who joins them in this season’s clean sheet rankings?

The 10 goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in the 2018/19 Premier League, and the Golden Glove winner, are listed below…

=9. Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace) – seven clean sheets

=9. Rui Patricio (Wolves) – seven clean sheets

Signing Patricio last summer was a huge coup for Wolves

=9. Ben Foster (Watford) – seven clean sheets

=9. Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham) – seven clean sheets

=9. David de Gea (Man United) – seven clean sheets

De Gea has endured a tough season by his usual high standards

=7. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) – 10 clean sheets

=7. Neil Etheridge (Cardiff) – 10 clean sheets

6. Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – 11 clean sheets

5. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 12 clean sheets

Lloris’ performances have been criticised this season, but he’s still kept 12 clean sheets

4. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 14 clean sheets

3. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – 15 clean sheets

Kepa ends his debut Premier League campaign with an impressive record

2. Ederson (Man City) – 20 clean sheets

1. Alisson (Liverpool) – 21 clean sheets

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: Why Alisson wore one-off grey kit in Champions League semi-final win

8 May

Alisson wore a one-off Liverpool kit as the Reds defied the odds to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Reds overturned a three-goal deficit thanks to goals from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum to win 4-0 at Anfield and reach a second successive Champions League final.

Alisson came to Liverpool’s rescue countless times on Tuesday night
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Alisson was seen wearing a grey kit for the first time this season to avoid a clash with Barcelona’s luminous yellow strip.

The Brazil international’s three normal kits this season are green, pink and yellow, but all were deemed unsuitable for Tuesday’s clash.

And it appears the grey kit was a good luck charm for Alisson, who brilliantly denied Lionel Messi twice, Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho throughout the game.

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Despite braces from Origi and Wijnaldum, Alisson’s heroics at the other end of the pitch ensured Barcelona did not get a crucial away goal.

The 26-year-old has been a revelation at Liverpool since joining in a £67million deal from Roma last summer.

His clean sheet against Barcelona was his 25th shutout of the season.

Alisson was signed as a replacement for error-prone goalkeeper Loris Karius, who blundered twice in Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last season.

And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp feels his side have unfinished business in the competition given what happened in last year’s final, which also saw Mohamed Salah forced off with a shoulder injury in the first-half.

He said: “Last year we really felt we have to go back. We have to go back, we cannot let it stand like this, that’s not possible.

“Now we get another chance and we will go for that, of course.

“I’m not sure if it will happen again because it’s so special.”

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Liverpool vs Barcelona: The Anfield faithful will be hoping they can emulate THIS heroic Champions League comeback involving Alisson

7 May

It’s going to have to be one of those special nights at Anfield if Liverpool are to make it to this season’s Champions League final.

The Reds take on Barcelona at their iconic home in their semi-final second leg but must overturn a three-goal deficit to progress.

Messi scored two of Barcelona’s three goals in the first leg

Lionel Messi was in fabulous form as the Blaugrana won 3-0 at the Camp Nou, putting them in a great position to reach the final in Madrid on June 1.

There seems to be an acceptance among Liverpool fans that getting through will be a tall order, especially with key players Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino absent through injury.

However, Kopites far and wide will never write their beloved team off no matter the size of the task that awaits then.

And if you cast your minds back to last season there’s a match involving Barcelona that will give a number of Liverpool fans hope in their hearts.



At the quarter-final stage of last year’s Champions League, Barcelona went to the Stadio Olimpico to face a Roma side having beaten the Italians 4-1 at the Camp Nou.

But as commentator Peter Drury so aptly put it, Roma ‘rose from their ruins’ to complete a sensational comeback with a 3-0 victory, putting them through on away goals.

Kostas Manolas celebrates the goal which completed Roma’s comeback against Barcelona

Edin Dzeko early goal, Daniele De Rossi’s penalty and Kostas Manolas’ flicked header completed the turnaround to set up a semi-final tie with Liverpool, which Jurgen Klopp’s men won.

A 3-0 win for Liverpool would only be enough to take the game into extra-time but everyone associated with the club would certainly take that.

Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker actually played against Barca in April 2018 so he could be something of a good luck charm…

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Simon Mignolet hails Liverpool rival Alisson as ‘the most complete keeper’ as he reveals anguish at not playing

3 May

Simon Mignolet has hailed Alisson Becker as ‘the most complete goalkeeper’ he has ever seen.

The £65million signing immediately usurped both Mignolet and Loris Karius between the sticks for Liverpool after his move from Roma last summer.

Although the Belgian shot-stopper was prone to making mistakes, he has proved a worthy deputy for Jurgen Klopp as Alisson looks to lead the Reds to their first ever Premier League title.

Alisson has been sensational between the sticks for Liverpool this season

However, the lack of action has affected the former Sunderland shot-stopper, who told the Mail his brutally honest opinion of his rival.

He said: “Me and my missus are building a house in Spain. I speak a few languages and last year we decided to take Spanish lessons.

“Then Ali came and I don’t need lessons any more as I speak Spanish with him!

“As a goalkeeper, you learn from the guys you work with. He is Brazil No 1 ahead of Ederson. The main difference between the two is that Ali is probably better with his hands.

Mignolet has not played in the Premier League this season

“He’s the most complete goalkeeper I’ve seen in my career. He is so calm.

“Not playing is the hard bit, the feeling of being on the pitch at the end when you’ve won is what I miss most.

“I understand how people who don’t play stop doing their work. That is why I push myself every day.

“I get in the gym at 9am. The boys must look at me and think, ‘What’s that idiot doing there again?’