Working with Alisson Becker brings joy to Andy Lonergan, who says with admiration: “I can’t put into words how good he is.”

Having spent this season alongside the Brazilian in Liverpool’s goalkeeping set-up, experienced stopper Lonergan has offered a glowing assessment of his teammate’s ability. 

“Me and Kirky [Chris Kirkland] speak about him with other goalkeepers and I say ‘However good you think he is, he is better than that’,” Lonergan explained on the latest edition of LFCTV’s Legends in Lockdown.

“You watch him on a Saturday or in the Champions League and you think he is brilliant, but there’s just so much more to it than that. He’s technically the best.

“Everything he does is the best but his mentality and his sort of calmness... I can’t put into words how good he is. It’s just a joy to be part of the squad that he’s involved in.”

The Reds returned to Melwood earlier this week to begin phase one of the Premier League’s Return to Training protocol - and Lonergan is delighted to be back.

He continued: “It’s been brilliant. It’s obviously strange with the procedures that you have to go through to get on to the training pitch, but once you are on the pitch as goalkeepers you are working at a distance and it’s safe enough anyway so it’s back to normal. No settling in period, just straight into it.

“There is me and Alisson and the two goalkeeper coaches on one pitch, four or five on the other and the other half of the squad come in an hour or two later.

“When everything has been cleaned up and disinfected, then they come in so that’s how it’s working at the moment.”