Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Alisson's transfer to Liverpool 'at a very advanced stage,' says Roma

Alisson's transfer to Liverpool 'at a very advanced stage,' says Roma

Liverpool have signed Roma's Brazil goalkeeper Alisson on a six-year contract.

Jurgen Klopp is on to something special, there are no two ways about it, and that's exactly what convinced Alisson to join from AS Roma.

British media reported that Liverpool have agreed a deal worth 75mn euros ($86.88mn) for the 25-year-old, which would be a world record fee, eclipsing the 53mn euros paid by Juventus to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.

He has been at Roma for two years and played 37 Serie A games in 2017-18.

With Alisson's move from Roma to Liverpool now official, the ESPN FC guys discuss where the club will finish with the Brazil goalkeeper on board.

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is desperate to seek revenge on Alisson Becker after he signed for Liverpool.

"As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straightaway saying, 'Calm down, I'm on my way!'".

After a strong start to Premier League life Alvaro Morata scored just one league goal last season from January onwards
After a strong start to Premier League life Alvaro Morata scored just one league goal last season from January onwards

"At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world's best goalkeepers", said Klopp. I want them to know we're working to build a stronger team.

The goalkeeper, who passed his club medical last night, is relatively inexperienced, but this should be cause for excitement rather than worry among Liverpool fans.

Alisson will be hoping to produce solid performances at the back for Liverpool FC next season as he bids to help the Reds challenge for the Premier League title.

I Giallorossi's new €7.5m signing didn't make a single Serie A appearance in his first season in the Italian capital, however, playing understudy to Wojciech Szczesny and only featuring in the domestic cup and European competition.

"Alisson? The market figures have changed, €75m for a goalkeeper happened for the first time and we couldn't say "no". But while the mere mention of Loris Karius' display at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium is like to send Liverpool supporters into despair, they can rest assured that Alisson is a fine shot-stopper who played an outstanding role in Roma's impressive campaign last season.

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