Liverpool’s Alisson signing finally recognises the importance of a good goalkeeper

Jurgen Klopp

Roma and Liverpool are "at a very advanced stage" in finalizing the transfer of Brazil global goalkeeper Alisson for a reported $87 million world record fee for a goalkeeper, according to the Italian club's sporting director Monchi.

The 25-year-old shot-stopper is the Reds' fourth signing of this transfer window after the captures of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, and the move takes Jurgen Klopp's summer spending well past the £200m mark.

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, who made an error in the World Cup final, saved 86 shots (70.1%) and made five key mistakes.

The goalkeeping position has been problematic for Liverpool under Klopp, with Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet struggling to hold down their first-team spots last season. Liverpool have finally ended their search for a top class goalkeeper, and while Roma may have beaten them in the race to announce the deal, all that matters is that Alisson Becker now calls Anfield "home".

The Brazilian was linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea before Liverpool's world record offer was accepted, at which point Salah got involved. "The owners were quite excited, so we did it".

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"I'm really happy to have the opportunity to play alongside him again".

Brazil legend Pele has sent a message of congratulations to Alisson after the goalkeeper completed his move to Liverpool. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price. "We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League in April]", Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.

"It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment". And if they manage to win the Premier League and/or the Champions League in the coming seasons, the money spent on Alisson will be worth it several times over. "We've had talks over the last few days and that's good".

The Brazilian's ability to help improve his sides' defensive record was evident in Serie A last season; Alisson conceded ten fewer goals than Szczesny had shipped in the previous campaign and kept four more clean sheets.

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