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Alisson ranks Castrol Save of the Month winner among his best

15 Sep 2023

Liverpool goalkeeper says only one other save he's made can rival the one that's won August 2023's award

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson's stunning stop to deny Miguel Almiron has won August 2023's Castrol Save of the Month award.

Alisson dived to his left to turn Almiron's ferocious volley on to the crossbar before pushing the rebound away from his goal.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe described it as one of the best saves he's seen live, and at 1-0 down, it proved to be a crucial moment of a match that 10-man Liverpool went on to win 2-1.

'It was about my reactions'

"This award is even more special because it helped us get three points," Alisson said. 

"I've seen the save back so many times. It was a really good one. It was a lot about reactions, good positioning and trying to read the situation. The power of the shot was really strong. I couldn't see the ball properly, there were so many players in front of me. 

"But I have to give a shout to the other goalkeepers in this month who did incredible saves. [Jose] Sa, [Jordan] Pickford as well. So many that could have been chosen as Save of the Month."

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Is it his best save?

Asked whether it is the best save he's made in the Premier League for Liverpool, Alisson could think of only one that rivals it: his stop at Norwich City in 2021/22 that was nominated for the Save of the Season award but did not win.

"It would be [one of] my best saves for Liverpool," Alisson said. "There are a few. The one against Norwich as well. It was a one v one at the end of the match. I think I'd put those two at the top."

Alisson is in a unique position in that he is a goalkeeper who knows each the feeling of a great save and scoring a goal, having famously scored with a header at West Bromwich Albion in 2020/21. 

So, how does pulling off such a great save at an important moment of a match compare to the feeling an outfield player gets when scoring?

"It doesn't compare," he revealed. "When you make a save, even if it's a really good one, you have to stay focused. You cannot celebrate too much because 10 seconds after you have to react again!"

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Part 1: Maddison voted EA SPORTS Player of the Month
Part 2: Postecoglou joins exclusve club with Barclays Manager award
Part 3: Mitoma makes history with Budweiser Goal award

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