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Mark Lawrenson has claimed that Alisson Becker has a ‘massive influence’ on Liverpool, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.

The former Liverpool defender praised Alisson for his ‘big player’ performance during his side’s 3-2 win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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Whilst the Reds ran into a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes last night, they soon found themselves being pegged back and having to rely on Mo Salah scoring the winner from the spot against Diego Simeone’s 10 men.

Liverpool were conceding a lot of chances during the game and they needed Alisson to be at his best.

The 29-year-old delivered on a number of occasions and showcased why he is one of the top goalkeepers in world football.

Whilst the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Salah are talked about a lot, and rightly so, Lawrenson picked out Alisson.

“Big,” said Lawrenson. “He reminds me of Schmeichel, when he used to come out. He makes himself look big.

“I am not sure what he is doing during the past few days when he has been here because he has kept himself really, really fit.

“He is just a really big player for us. We always talk about Van Dijk this and Van Dijk that. We need to, we should do and we always will do.

“But the goalkeeper has a massive influence on this team as well.”

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Like a number of Liverpool players last season, Alisson went through a period where he just wasn’t himself and he produced a number of error-prone performances.

But all of that is behind him now and he is once again showing everyone why he is probably the best keeper in the world.

Those who would argue against him would be Edouard Mendy, who won the Champions League last season with Chelsea, Gianluigi Donnarumma, who won Euro 2020 in the summer and the man Alisson faced last night – Jan Oblak.

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