Liverpool have pulled off a major coup with the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker from AS Roma.
The 25-year-old was one of the standout performers in European football last season and firmly cemented his status as one of the continent’s very best keepers.
He appeared to be out of reach for Liverpool and Europe’s other elite clubs, but Jurgen Klopp has successfully lured him to Anfield.
The Reds have shelled out £66.8 million for Brazil’s number one, who had only been at Roma for two seasons, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.
“I think it’s something we have to do,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
“He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price, it’s the market, that’s how it is and we will not think a lot about it.
“It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now.”
AS ROMA SEND TWEET TO ALISSON
Alisson will become Liverpool’s first-choice keeper ahead of Loris Karius, whose disastrous performance in the Champions League final against Real Madrid forced Klopp to enter the market for a new No. 1.
Either the German goalkeeper or Simon Mignolet are likely to leave Anfield before the transfer window closes.
The loss of Alisson is obviously a major blow for Roma, who also lost the excellent Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last summer.
The Italian outfit have posted a tweet directly to Alisson – and they’ve shown their admirable class in the process.
Accompanying a one-minute video of some of Alisson’s best moments at the Stadio Olimpico, Roma tweeted: “Thank you @Alissonbecker and good luck with your new adventure.”
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 19, 2018
Even though they must feel gutted about losing the South American shot-stopper – despite the huge transfer fee – they’ve still taken the time to wish him all the best at his future club and that deserves respect.
Unsurprisingly, the tweet has gone viral, racking up over 10,000 retweets and 35,000 ‘likes’.
Alisson will be extremely thankful to his former employers but is now focused on helping Liverpool win trophies.
Describing the move as a ‘dream come true’, Alisson added: “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family.”