On Thursday night, Liverpool confirmed the record-breaking £66m arrival of Alisson from Roma.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper, who had also been trailed by Real Madrid, became Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer.
Alisson will link up with fellow new signings Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri when he returns for pre-season training.
It’s been a brilliant summer transfer window but Jurgen Klopp suggested there will be no more signings before the August 9 transfer deadline.
Klopp said: “We have everything we need for the next season because I don’t think we will do anything more [in the market], I’m pretty sure of that.
“I’m really happy with our signings to be honest, so now let’s use the last few weeks of pre-season to be as good as possible.”
Their 2018/19 campaign kicks off at home to West Ham on August 12.
BUFFON ON ALISSON
Former Juventus stopper Gianluigi Buffon is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time.
The 40-year-old moved to PSG this summer after 23 incredible years of top-flight football in Italy.
Buffon spoke about the ex-Roma goalkeeper on Italian TV in February – and identified the aspect of Alisson’s game he is most impressed by.
“Alisson is a surprise only for those who haven’t seen him before,” Buffon noted, as per Roma’s official website.
“What really strikes me is how he deals with dangerous situations so efficiently.
“That gives his team a lot of confidence.”
This will be music to the ears of Liverpool supporters – both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet have failed to fill the Liverpool defenders with confidence.
Alisson, who was signed by Roma for just €8m in 2016, has quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe.
Klopp was very pleased to add ‘a world-class goalkeeper’ to his ranks.
“We didn’t sign him because he is good looking and a nice fella and his English is good and all that stuff – we signed him obviously because he is a world-class goalkeeper,” said Klopp, as per Sky Sports.
“We are really happy that the club gave us the opportunity to do so.”
They spent £75m on Virgil van Dijk in January and, thanks to the £142m windfall from the sale of Philippe Coutinho, Klopp has put together an incredibly strong spine.
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