Liverpool are set to complete the £66m signing of Alisson Becker from Roma.
The Brazilian goalkeeper arrived in the UK on Wednesday night after the Italian club accepted a record-breaking offer from Liverpool.
The current record transfer for a goalkeeper is the £35million paid by Manchester City to Benfica for Alisson’s compatriot Ederson last summer.
Jurgen Klopp was under great pressure to sign a world-class goalkeeper after Loris Karius’ disastrous performance in the Champions League final.
Karius was given a vote of confidence heading into pre-season before making a calamitous error in a pre-season friendly against Tranmere.
Despite rumoured interest in Jasper Cillessen and Jan Oblak, Klopp only had eyes for Alisson.
The 25-year-old’s inflated transfer fee had put Liverpool off earlier this summer but the deal is expected to be completed this weekend.
KLOPP’S LAST FIVE BIG SIGNINGS
A Liverpool fan on Twitter has hailed his German manager after noticing something brilliant about the club’s last five big signings.
Klopp has spent over £300m on new signings in the last 12 months, beating off competition from some of the world’s biggest clubs.
Barcelona wanted Keita, he joined Liverpool.
Chelsea wanted Chamberlain, he joined Liverpool.
City wanted Van dijk, he joined Liverpool.
United wanted Fabhino, he joined Liverpool.
Chelsea wanted Alisson, he joined Liverpool.
Jurgen fucking Klopp.
— – (@AllezTheReds) July 18, 2018
Naby Keita, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson were all transfer targets for rival clubs.
Liverpool are backing their manager in the transfer market and there’s little doubt that the former Dortmund boss has put together an incredible squad.
Since signing Mohamed Salah from Roma last summer, Liverpool have beaten rivals to five massive signings.
They’ve invested the £142m received from the sale of Philippe Coutinho brilliantly.
And, on another positive note, Klopp suggested that Liverpool’s most influential players are no longer leaving.
“Maybe it is the first year we don’t sell a key player,” said Klopp, as per The Telegraph.
“There was always a lot of change, but in both directions. Now it is more in one direction. Big teams, successful teams, if you don’t buy it, you have to build it.
“That means stay together, bring additions in and make the next step.”
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