Mohamed Salah’s record-breaking performance in Liverpool’s 3-2 Champions League triumph against Atletico Madrid was praised by Alisson.
Salah created history on Tuesday by becoming the first Liverpool player to score in nine consecutive games, helping the Reds to a thrilling triumph against 10-man Atletico Madrid.
In the Group B match, Atletico Madrid’s two-goal Antoine Griezmann was sent off, while a late penalty was controversially rejected.
Salah converted a penalty with 12 minutes remaining to give Liverpool a five-point lead in the group after opening the scoring in the eighth minute and Naby Keita made it 2-0 five minutes later.
Salah has now become Liverpool’s all-time leading scorer in the Champions League, with 31 goals and a 90 percent penalty-conversion rate in all competitions, while Alisson hailed the in-form Egyptian star.
During his post-match press conference, Alisson remarked, “I’m extremely delighted for him, he’s a wonderful player.”
“He’s always demonstrating on the field, scoring very great goals, not just simple goals.”
But he also contributes significantly to the squad, not just by scoring but also by assisting in the defensive phase and by playing for the team.
“He’s a hungry striker, a hungry player.”
I’m overjoyed for him.
I’m hoping he keeps it up.”
Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid for the first time in the Champions League (D2 L2), snapping a five-game losing streak against Spanish teams in the competition (D1 L4).
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp’s side leads 2-0 after just 13 minutes, marking the first time Atletico Madrid has ever gone two goals down in a Champions League encounter.
It was, however, the first time Liverpool had scored and surrendered two or more goals in the first half of a Champions League match.
“I feel the boss is a virtuoso when it comes to saying the correct words at the right time,” Alisson said of Klopp.
“I believe he reintroduced us to the game in the locker room, and our mentality altered a little bit in the second half.”
When you are up 2-0 and then surrender a goal, you know it will be difficult.
“When we arrived here, we knew it wouldn’t be easy to play against Atletico, and the game proved that to us and to everyone else who watched the game.”
So, while I’m pleased that we were able to score the third goal, avoid conceding, and have greater control over situations, there is still room for improvement when we have one person more on the field.
You must create more opportunities, but as I previously stated, this is difficult when the bus is parked in front of the goal.
We’re pleased with the three points.”