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Copa América 2019

Alisson: Brazil's number 1 is the best in the world - Doni

The man who recommended Alisson to Liverpool, Alexander Doni, is impressed at how quickly the Brazilian has settled in England.

Alisson: Brazil's number 1 is the best in the world - Doni
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Former Liverpool shot-stopper Alexander Doni has hailed the club's current goalkeeper Alisson as the best in the world.

Liverpool's number 1

Doni played for a host of Brazilian clubs in a career that also included six years at Roma and a brief stint at Liverpool.

And the 39-year-old told Liverpool's official website that not only was he immediately impressed by Alisson, a fellow Brazilian, he also recommended the English giants move to sign him.

Liverpool tracked Alisson from there, eventually making him the world's most expensive goalkeeper in 2018.

"When I saw him play, I immediately recommended him to [goalkeeping coach] John [Achterberg] and tried to get him signed," Doni said.

"I explained to John that he was a very skilful player and that he would soon play for the national team.

"The first time I saw him playing for Inter, I knew he had what it takes to succeed in the Premier League."

Alisson moved from Inter to Roma before joining Liverpool last year and he proved his worth in a terrific season that saw Jürgen Klopp's side win the Champions League and push Manchester City all the way in a gripping Premier League title race. He is currently preparing for a Copa América semi-final clash against Argentina.

Asked if Alisson was now the best goalkeeper in the world, Doni added: "Yes, without a doubt.

"I am very impressed with how quick he was able to adapt to the way the Premier League is played and how quick he obtained success in England.

"This only shows what a great player and a person he is. Besides being an overall complete player, I really like how he is able to maintain calm and control."


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