Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli both told similar stories when hailing a Liverpool superstar who makes a risky strategy deployed by Jurgen Klopp viable.
With the domestic scene giving way to the international stage, all eyes over the next six weeks will be on Qatar. Brazil enter the first ever winter World Cup among the favourites and boast a plethora of Premier League stars among their ranks.
From table-topping Arsenal, forwards Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli made the cut.
Other EPL representatives come in the form of Ederson (Man City), Alisson Becker and Fabinho (Liverpool), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Casemiro, Fred and Antony (Man Utd), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham) and Richarlison (Tottenham).
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the tournament, Martinelli and Jesus ran the rule over many of their England-based international teammates.
Liverpool’s Alisson was among those spoken about, with both Arsenal attackers lauding the goalkeeper for one trait in particular.
Liverpool deploy a high line under Jurgen Klopp that has come under fire this season despite working well in the past.
Their lack of intensity in the press has allowed opposition playmakers to exploit the high starting position, upping the number of saves Alisson Becker has been required to make.
What’s more, many chances Liverpool concede are one-v-ones, though that is an area Alisson is arguably the best in the world at among his peers. If the domestic season were to end now, Alisson would win the Reds’ Player of the Season award hands down.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Martinelli and Jesus waxed lyrical about the Reds stopper, with both recounting tales of being thwarted in one-vone situations.
“It’s so difficult, he’s so big.”
“Yeah, he’s so good,” Martinelli said of Alisson.
“When I went to the national team last time, when we played against Japan and South Korea, I remember when we were in training and I came one-v-one with him and it’s so difficult, he’s so big.”
Jesus knows a thing or two about great Brazilian goalkeepers having come up against Ederson in training while at Man City.
Jesus spoke highly of Ederson too, but it was Alisson who drew the loftier praise.
When recounting facing Alisson in training for Brazil, Jesus added: “Two times I went one-v-one against him and he [saved] my shots, and they were good shots!”