The numbers behind why Alisson’s Napoli save isn’t actually worth as much as he claims – opinion

“I think I paid half of it back with that save against Napoli.”

This was what Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker said when quizzed on his £66.8m move to Anfield from Roma back in the summer.

The save in question, of course, was a massively vital one.

Jurgen Klopp’s men needed a win over Napoli in order to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, and were seconds away from doing just that thanks to Mohamed Salah’s excellent first-half strike.

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In stoppage time, however, the ball dropped to Arkadiusz Milik inside the box and the Polish international had just Alisson to beat for his side to progress instead of the Reds.

Hearts inside Anfield skipped a beat, and you could’ve heard a pin drop as Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying rested on thin, thin ice.

Thankfully for the Merseysiders, the Brazilian international raced off his line to throw his body in the way of the ball and save his side in their time of need, and Liverpool ultimately progressed.

Alisson reckons he paid half of his transfer fee back with the vital stop, but how much was that save actually worth?

Alisson - The numbers behind why Alisson's Napoli save isn't actually worth as much as he claims - opinion

Liverpool earned €9.5m (£8.4m) as a result of qualifying for the last 16, and were rewarded with €2.7m (£2.4m) due to the 1-0 win over the Serie A side – the latter figure is the prize money for each group stage win.

So, the save under the spotlight actually earned the Reds £10.8m, which is roughly around £23m away from what Alisson thinks it was worth.

Of course, the former Roma glovesman has been crucial in getting Liverpool to a second successive Champions League final with his excellent goalkeeping abilities, and has also started every game in the competition this term.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have earned a whopping €85.6m (£75.9m) as a result of their run to the final, and will be due another €4m (£3.5m) if they manage to overcome Tottenham.

Alisson has been crucial in helping the club receive such a large amount of money, but his save in isolation was worth much less than he thinks it was.

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