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´We want to win everything´ – Alisson outlines Liverpool ambitions ahead of busy schedule

SoccerNews in English Premier League 12 Apr 2022

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has said he and his team-mates “want to win everything” ahead of a busy period that could see them end the season with an unprecedented quadruple.

The Reds have already won the EFL Cup and are a point behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race as well as still participating in the Champions League and FA Cup.

Liverpool will have 13 more games left to play between now and the end of May should they reach the finals of both those competitions, but Alisson is confident the team can deal with the hectic schedule.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Benfica, a tie in which they lead 3-1, the Brazilian stopper was asked about the physical demands of being in so many competitions.

“At this level we need to be prepared for that and we are,” he said. “We have great fitness staff, we are training every day for that. We have targets, all the finals, all the games, as many games as is possible for us in the season.

“We want to win everything, so we are ready for that. Of course, it’s not easy, sometimes we feel tired, but you need to put in your mind that you have energy enough to deal with every challenge.”

Alisson has played 41 games for Liverpool in all competitions this season, keeping 22 clean sheets, and paid tribute to the players in front of him.

“It’s massive [having a strong defence as a goalkeeper]. I have top players playing in front of me. No matter who is playing, they are always performing to the highest level possible, so I am really happy to be part of this team,” he added.

The former Roma goalkeeper acknowledged the strength of Benfica ahead of Wednesday’s second leg at Anfield.

“It was a tough game,” Alisson admitted. “They have quick strikers, they have a strong striker as a number nine [Darwin Nunez]. I know Everton as well from Brazil, I know his qualities, how good he is.

“They gave us a lot of work to do, but we are ready to face them, we are ready and prepared to face that match to achieve our goals.”

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