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The Reds’ Brazilian closer didn’t have much to do on a chilly night in Newcastle, but he was there when necessary to help score a point.
James Milner has praised the “first class” qualities of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, with the Brazilian there when it was necessary during a frosty night in Newcastle to help Jurgen Klopp’s side score another point.
The Reds were rarely tested at St James’ Park, with the visitors controlling the proceedings for the most part, but the end product turned out to be in short supply on Tyneside.
Liverpool squandered the chances that got there, ensuring Newcastle stayed in the game for the entire match.
Steve Bruce’s side came close to snatching the loot in the dying moments, but Alisson was fired up enough to overcome whatever freeze was setting in and produce a sprawling save to deny Ciaran Clark.
Such heroics are expected of the South American commander, with Milner telling the Reds official website of the No. 1 most trusted: “We restricted them most of the game, but Ali is first class, everyone knows that.
“Especially on a night like this, I imagine it’s going to be pretty cold for him, standing in the back without much to do and then having to make a save like that towards the end. That shows how good he is and what a great player he is for us ”.
Liverpool had hoped to return home from the northeast with much more than a share of the loot to show for their efforts, but the defending champions remain at the top of the Premier League table, three points ahead of Manchester United, and Milner hopes them to kick.
He added about a title race that has already taken a series of twists and turns: “I think it’s positive, but it seems to be at this point where nobody wants to take it by the neck.
“We have lost points, everyone seems to be losing points. United have been on a roll and are probably the only team to have a career.
“It’s important that we have to start now and try to get some 3s. But the world is in a very strange place right now and it is the same in football. Everyone’s life is upside down, mentally it is difficult for everyone and it is the same in football. Hopefully we can get out of this on the other side and it’s the same with football, we just have to keep going.
“It’s different, it’s different times and that moment where you may need the crowd to give you that push and get through it. That could have happened another day. But it is where we are and we have to keep working hard.
“As you can see, we have given absolutely everything. The boys are fine. The amount of minutes some of the guys have played, it’s good to see some of the guys come back, obviously Thiago moving forward and showing his quality.
“We will stick together, we will keep connecting and we just have to get the final piece of the puzzle right. Like I say, I thought it was a good performance, we just needed that last stretch to get the goals. If we keep playing like this, hopefully we can run off and put on more points on the board. “