Brazilian goal keeper Alisson joins Liverpool as world's most expensive goalie

Dean Simpson
July 21, 2018

Jurgen Klopp is thrilled to have signed a "world-class goalkeeper" in the shape of Brazil worldwide Alisson.

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.

Roma confirmed the value of the transfer for Alisson.

Alisson's arrival in the Premier League for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper means England's top flight boasts the record for the world's most expensive back five.

"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", he explained in an interview with their official website. I hope you shine next to (Bobby) Firmino in Liverpool.

While at AS Roma, Alisson helped the club reach the semi-finals of the UCL last season, only to be ousted by his new club.

" Yesterday, he sent me a message saying: 'Hey, what are you waiting for?' As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straight away saying: 'Calm down, I'm on my way!'"

And now, Liverpool have gone a step further and put up a statement by breaking the bank to sign highly-rated Brazilian #1.

"Since we started the pre-season - people have obviously never been in a hard situation so they think it's amusing to make some noise at the moment when he touches the ball or catches the ball and stuff like that, but that's how it is".

"I actually think now they (Liverpool) have got a chance, they can win the league", Saunders told talkSPORT. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price.

I don't know. We will see.

And three-time World Cup victor Pele is also hoping Alisson can thrive at Anfield, as the 77-year-old sent a message to his compatriot on Twitter.

Jose Mourinho has received rare backing from a fellow Premier League manager following his recent complaints over the limited amount of time to work with his squad ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Alisson made 109 saves at a rate of 79.3% - so a rate just slightly below De Gea.

Szczesny's departure for Juventus at the beginning of last season paved the way for Alisson to make 37 Serie A and 12 UEFA Champions League starts in 2017/18, with the Brazilian custodian keeping 17 league clean sheets and conceding just 28 Italian top-flight goals.

"Yes (the atmosphere) in part it did influence the decision", he said.

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