Wednesday 21 November 2018

Alisson feels 'at home' as he links up with Reds

New Reds goalkeeper Alisson. Photo: Tim Goode/PA
New Reds goalkeeper Alisson. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Jamie Holland

Alisson trained with the Liverpool squad for the first time yesterday after linking up with his new team-mates at their French pre-season camp.

"It has been a great day which I had been looking forward to since joining the club," the goalkeeper told the club's official website.

"I've had a good few resting days with my family and now we all can't wait for the new season. It's only my first day but I feel at home already."

Alisson's Brazil team-mate Roberto Firmino also reported back for training and both are expected to play a part in Liverpool's two remaining pre-season matches, against Napoli in Dublin on Saturday and Torino next Tuesday.

The Reds will begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 12.

ATTITUDE

Meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri's former team-mate Charlie Adam has warned Liverpool about the Switzerland international's attitude.

Shaqiri, who played alongside Adam for Stoke last season as they were relegated from the Premier League, marked his Liverpool debut by scoring with a superb overhead kick in their 4-1 victory over Manchester United last Saturday.

Adam described Shaqiri as a "top player", who deserved to be at a club of Liverpool's stature, but questioned his commitment at crucial times in Stoke's relegation fight.

"He's a big player, at times he did well for us," Adam said on the BBC Sport website. "But in critical situations, I felt tracking back and what we needed for the team in a relegation battle just wasn't there.

"He has got it in him, but he probably knew we were going to get relegated, he was going to the World Cup and had this big move - this move was probably done three, four months ago. He is a match-winner, but at times it was difficult to play in the same team."

Irish Independent

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