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Alisson Opens up About That Barcelona Game

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Nothing says “international break” like reliving some of the best moments of last season.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images

Hey remember when Liverpool won the Champions league last season? And remember how the game was pretty forgettable, especially compared to the glory that was the 4-0 comeback in the semi-finals? That was a pretty good night and international break means we should absolutely relive those incredible moments, this time with additional soundbites from Alisson Becker (you know, the other one).

“[The comeback] was something incredible,” Alisson told Mundo Deportivo. ”After the first game, nobody thought we could get back, but we were very confident. It was one of the games I will never forget. It will be another unforgettable moment in my career. In the match in Barcelona, we played well and had a lot of chances but lost by three goals. That left us very sad.”

It left a lot of us sad, but luckily Klopp and the team were less pessimistic than the rest of us were.

”We respected Barca a lot but we knew we could go back,” Alisson added. “In England, we went out for all and it was an incredible night. With Liverpool in the first leg we deserved more, and Klopp told us to not slow down and continue imposing our high pace of play so we could achieve our goal.”

And what about the stops that Alisson himself managed to keep Messi off the scoresheet?

“In the return [game], I managed to stop him in some important moments. Messi is one of the best players in football history, but I don’t think only of duels with him. Both Barcelona and Argentina are two very good teams that have high quality players.

”Luckily, in the last three matches I have been able to overcome him, but the merits are of [my] whole team: Roma, Liverpool and Brazil.”

Eh, no big deal there from Alisson, keeping the world’s greatest player from scoring in key matches three times in his career. Fingers crossed we get to see the Brazilian (and his GOAT-stopping ways) back in action soon.