Date: 3rd December 2018 at 12:12pm
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Alisson was one Liverpool player “at his best” against Everton and saved his side’ bacon with two “amazing saves”, according to Garth Crooks.

The BBC Sport pundit named the Anfield number one in his team of the week for the network and pointed out how his performance was in stark contrast to the wretched one of Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

“Two amazing saves by Alisson kept Liverpool in the Merseyside derby against Everton,” Crooks said. “The stop from Andre Gomes’ header was superb, while his positioning to prevent Theo Walcott from negotiating his way around him to put the ball into an empty net cannot be underestimated.

“Everton played brilliantly and Alisson needed to be at his best. A draw would have been a fair result – and that’s how the game would have ended but for Jordan Pickford’s moment of madness in the Everton goal. Precisely what came over Pickford, only heaven knows.”

OPINION

Alisson was an outstanding last line of defence for Liverpool against Everton they secured the 1-0 win that enables them to hang on to the coat-tails of Premier League pacesetters Manchester City. The Brazilian is fast looking worth every penny of the £60million-plus fee that took him from Roma to Anfield over the summer. He was brilliant, too, in the midweek defeat at Paris Saint-Germain and looks the best on Liverpool’s books since Peak Pepe Reina. In truth, that is not saying an awful lot as there have been a few dodgy custodians of the last decade. But, the club’s ambition and big spending appears to have been justified, and Alisson looks as good as anyone in the Premier League, including the rightly feted David de Gea, who has been named in the division’s team of the season for five of the past six years. Alisson’s outstanding reflexes, total command of his area and superb footwork and distribution mark him out as something special. Liverpool are lucky to have him.