Gianluigi Buffon Heaps Praise On Liverpool Target Alisson
There's a phenomena on social media these days that suggests sports people should only stick to giving opinions about sport, normally bypeople giving opinions about something they've no expertise in. Fortunately if anyone's got a right to talk about goalkeeping it's Gianluigi Buffon.
Not many people on earth know about goalkeeping like Buffon. The Juventus and Italy goalkeeping legend is now in his fifth decade as a person and still making saves for fun in Serie A.
The 40 year old is supposed to be retiring at the end of the season, with no World Cup to prolong his career, but there are still some suggestions he could make a u-turn and continue.
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There is now a new generation of goalies of course with the likes of Manuel Neuer, David de Gea, Ederson and Thibaut Courtois sneaking ahead of him and there's also a contender in Italy in the shape of Roma's Alisson.
The Brazilian is number one for the international team ahead of Ederson and is a target for Liverpool. Speaking to an Italian tv show on Monday Buffon heaped praise on the Roma first choice between the sticks, saying:
"Alisson is a surprise only for those who haven't seen him before.
"What really strikes me is how he deals with dangerous situations so efficiently. That gives his team a lot of confidence."
Roma have only conceded 21 goals this season, the second least in Serie A so far this term, and Alisson's performances in goal have caught the attention of many.
The Stadio Olimpico side reportedly rate him at worth around 60 million euros, with that figure probably based on his upcoming jaunt with Brazil at the World Cup, where he'll be number one despite Ederson's extremely impressive season at City.
Buffon was also asked about a Roma legend in Francesco Totti and he placed the attacking midfielder alongside some greats of modern Italian football, saying, "I can only say again that he, alongside [Alessandro] Del Piero, [Roberto] Baggio, [Antonio] Cassano and [Andrea] Pirlo, has been one of the greatest attacking talents the Italian game has produced."
But he should probably stick to talking only about goalkeepers...