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Alisson: Liverpool 'dream come true'

21 July, 2018, 02:29 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Alisson Becker could become the world's most expensive goalkeeper if he completes his move to Liverpool. Guillaume Horcajuelo  EPA

Liverpool FC has completed the signing of goalkeeper Alisson Becker from AS Roma.

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.

Originally a youth product of Brazilian Serie A club Internacional, Alisson moved to Roma in the summer of 2016 after three professional seasons in his home country.

"I'm really happy, it's a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning", the Brazil worldwide told Liverpoolfc.com upon putting pen to paper.

Liverpool's initial investment of £56million marks a significant show of faith in the 25-year-old, who started all five of his country's matches at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Perhaps the World Cup has played a part too as there were a number of exceptional goalkeeping performances, particularly from Courtois and Schmeichel, as the former won the tournament's Golden Glove award.

Since their loss in the Champions League final, one thing has become abundantly clear: In order to compete at the top, Liverpool would need a world-class goalkeeper.

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Loris Karius' and Simon Mignolet's Liverpool careers also appear to be up in the air but Klopp gave nothing away when asked what he could say about their futures. Much to everyone's surprise, they ended up paying a fee of £65 million to bring the Brazil keeper to Anfield - making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time.

The sum is almost 50 percent more than the 100 billion Italian lire (about €52 million) Juventus paid to acquire Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon from Parma - although that was way back in 2001. Alisson's save percentage of 79.3%, the best in Serie A, was only bettered by de Gea among first-choice Premier League goalkeepers last season. I want them to know we're working to build a stronger team.

"I watched and followed Liverpool last season because the way they played was very exciting - their quick transitions, the counter-attacking, the way they played from the defence to the opposition net". They begin their Premier League campaign on August 12 at home to West Ham.

"Good business", he said of the Alisson deal. "It's the market, that's how it is and we will not think a lot about it".

"We have a very good team and we will be able to fight for the title".

Finally, it seems - having been provided with undisputable evidence - clubs are starting to open their eyes to the value of the goalkeeper. "I think it's something we have to do", the effervescent German told Liverpool's official website.

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