You would have expected Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp to have known what Alisson likes to eat for breakfast before splashing a whopping €72.5m to make him at the time the world's most expensive goalkeeper - since surpassed by Kepa of Chelsea for almost €80m.
To Klopp's credit he said that the addition of Van Dijk wouldn't mean that all of Liverpool's ills at the back were cured but the extra signing of Alisson in the summer has pretty much eradicated last season's problem.
The difference in Liverpool between this time previous year and now is massive and yet perhaps not all that surprising when you consider when they signed Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool are six points clear at the top going into their huge Premier League clash of the titans at the Etihad on Thursday.
Man City's Pep Guardiola on Liverpool, his challenge: "Liverpool will punish for mistakes". They are on the top of that.
He added: "I like these games", Klopp said.
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That's according to transfer expert Duncan Castles, who thinks City would be streets ahead had they got Van Dijk instead of Aymeric Laporte. That makes it really challenging, but it makes it exciting as well. If we have a full squad, all players available, then the preparation is a joy.
A win for Liverpool would see them extend their advantage at the top to 10 points, but defender Andrew Robertson warned that City would be pushing Liverpool all the way until May.
Liverpool are nine points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who earlier missed the chance to close the gap with a 3-1 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
"This will go the whole way, but we're in a good position just now".
"That can be the situation again, but on the other side we are a different team. It's about continuing that and trying to build on every game that we play".