UEFA Technical Observer Aitor Karanka has praised Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson for a Man of the Match performance in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The Reds beat the Colchoneros 3-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano to maintain their perfect start to the group stage. But Diego Simeone’s side put Liverpool to the test, after fighting back from two-goals down to enter half-time level.

Atletico had chances to go ahead before the break, too, however Alisson kept Liverpool in the lead with a string of strong saves. The Brazilian did well to deny Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar, while denying Yannick Carrasco early in the second-half.

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Alisson rushed off his line and smothered Carrasco’s effort after Atletico caught Liverpool’s defence static three-minutes into the second period. As the Brazilian had demonstrated to thwart Griezmann in the first-half, after the Frenchman beat the Reds’ high backline.

Liverpool managed to weather Atletico’s attacks and retook the lead when Mohamed Salah converted from the spot 12-minutes from time. But, speaking with the UEFA website after group stage tie, Karana paid tribute to Alisson’s Man of the Match performance. Noting:

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“He’s made very good and really important saves. He’s done well covering his defenders and he’s even been really good with his distribution when Liverpool are in possession.”

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Was Alisson the MOTM as Liverpool beat Atletico?

Alisson’s saves to deny Griezmann, Lemar and Felix in the first-half, then Carrasco after the break, proved key to Liverpool beating Atletico Madrid by stopping the Colchoneros from using their swing in momentum to take the lead and pull away from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Atletico took encouragement from Griezmann’s goals and kept finding space in behind the Liverpool defence on their adventures forward. But Alisson regularly thwarted the La Liga title-holders to stop Atleti taking control of the scoreline.

The Brazilian shot-stopper also offered Klopp a safe pair of boots in possession, as well as hands. Alisson found a Liverpool shirt with 34 of his 35 passes against Atletico Madrid, per WhoScored, for the best success rate of any player who started for either side on Tuesday.