Liverpool's Alisson sings praises of "special" defender Van Dijk
Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been discussing his experience of playing behind the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Virgil van Dijk.
Currently in his home country for the Copa America, Alisson, as reported on Liverpoolfc.com, has been speaking about his Liverpool career-to-date and how the experience has been for him playing with the current Reds backline.
When asked about Van Dijk, Alisson said:
“He gives a lot of confidence for the team and the players.
“When you have Virgil van Dijk – the giant – on the pitch, maybe it scares the opposition. For me, he is special.
“I have great defenders [in front of me] – Joel, Joe Gomez, Dejan. Everyone did a great job this season. But Virgil has something special, he is the big man.”
Alisson also highlighted his delight at how things have gone for him so far at Anfield.
“Everything has been good. It was a great season with great moments.
“The club is top, my expectations about the club happened. I’m happy to be here with top staff, top players and top supporters. I’m very excited every day to come and work hard, to play the games, to enter the pitch and do my best for my teammates, the supporters and my family, and to try to achieve something big for this club.
“It’s not too different from the football I played in Italy and Brazil. I play for the national team so you play against every kind of player. To come here to the Premier League, for me, it was one step up for me in my career.
“I just focus on every game and every day. I work a lot to do my best and try to not feel the change that a change of city and country brings to you. I’m very happy.”
Liverpool’s stopper won the Premier League’s Golden Glove award for his 21 clean sheets throughout the season. He was also instrumental in The Reds’ sixth European Cup triumph by keeping Spurs at bay in Madrid in the final.
Still only 26, Alisson hopefully has many, many more successful years ahead of him with Liverpool Football Club.
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