Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has called Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku an “amazing player” as the two sides prepare to come head-to-head on Saturday evening.
The 28-year-old striker made his second debut for Chelsea last weekend against Arsenal and it didn’t take long for the Belgium international to announce himself to the Premier League.
Lukaku latched onto the end of a Reece James cross and tapped in to hand the visitors the lead at the Emirates Stadium.
Now, Lukaku and his Chelsea team-mates are preparing to face Liverpool on Saturday, with the Reds strongly tipped to challenge the Blues for the Premier League title this season.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has issued his honest verdict on Lukaku and explained how Chelsea have become a better side since the Belgian’s arrival.
“He’s an amazing player. They became stronger with him but they were already strong,” Alisson explained to Sky Sports, via The Boot Room. “I don’t need to tell you about his qualities.”
Speaking after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Arsenal, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said that he thinks Lukaku has added a new dimension to his side’s attack.
“I am very happy with how he has integrated already,” Tuchel said last weekend.
“He is a very smart guy. He likes to be in the group and he is a very democratic leader because he talks to everybody.
“He’s very friendly, very humble and totally competitive. He gives something to our game that we did not have so much [last season] like to protect balls and play very direct up front and to the last line.
“You cannot start better than the goal but he almost scored a second one here but it was a big save from Bernd Leno and he assisted some half chances. It was a good start but we have to improve from here.
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“I did not expect too much [from Lukaku] because I wanted to be open to see his strengths and his capability to adapt and to link up between Kai [Havertz], Mason [Mount] and him. This is what he did very good, The guys like to play with one another and from now on we can go into details.”
Lukaku will have his work cut out on Saturday as he goes head-to-head with Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, who has looked back to his brilliant best since returning from injury recently.