‘Exceptional’ Alisson to face Napoli

Jurgen Klopp says Alisson’s performances in training have ‘already been exceptional’ ahead of his Liverpool debut against Napoli on Saturday.

Alisson became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he left Roma for Liverpool in a 70m deal last month, and Klopp confirmed the Brazilian would be given his first run-out in Dublin, facing his former Serie A rivals.

“It’s pretty likely [he’ll make his debut]. We should not waste time,” the manager told his club’s official website.

“Then it’ll be nearly a week, or six days in training, since he [started] and yes, he will play.

“I’m very pleased [to be able to work with him], but first of all it’s very important he can start now because the season starts in one-and-a-half weeks.

“Each player in the world needs training and time to adapt to his mates. We have two games to do that before we start, so it’s really good.

“He obviously has a real presence, he’s smart, he’s very nice and it’s good to have him around.

“It’s only positive, even the performances in training – which is not too important in the beginning – are already exceptional, so all good.”

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