The £62m deal close as Klopp’s dream target picks Liverpool over Chelsea

Roma goalkeeper Alisson has picked Liverpool as his preferred destination ahead of Chelsea, according to reports.

Liverpool have submitted a £62 million offer to Roma for the Brazil international as the club step up their search for a new first-choice goalkeeper ahead of the new season.

The £62m bid is slightly short of Roma’s £66.6m valuation but both sides are hopeful that an agreement can be reached. Chelsea are also targeting Alisson as a potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who is wanted by Real Madrid.

But according to The Times, the 25-year-old has given an indication that he would prefer to join Liverpool instead of Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he is ready to stick with Loris Karius ahead of the new campaign. But the 25-year-old showed more signs of being error-prone during the warm-up to a pre-season friendly against Chester earlier this month when he let a soft strike through his hands.

Karius also made a mistake in a following pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers as he spilled a free-kick which directly led to a goal.

After Liverpool’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, it emerged that Karius had suffered a concussion after being elbowed by Sergio Ramos.

The German was at fault for two goals as Klopp’s side were beaten 3-1 in Kiev. Simon Mignolet, meanwhile, is expected to leave Anfield this summer after he lost his place to Karius last season.