Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Liverpool sign goalkeeper Alisson for world-record fee

Liverpool sign goalkeeper Alisson for world-record fee

"He is a player who feels really at home here".

Nearly a year on from the eye-watering, barnstorming and mind-boggling transfer of Neymar, it is not just PSG who have moved with the times of mega-spending. It required a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper-nearly £67 million-to lock him down.

Alisson is strong in both departments, which ought to mean he can mop up behind Liverpool's high line as well as ease their long-term trouble with set-pieces.

Their £75m capture of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January shattered the record fee paid for a defender. It was an unprecedented outlay for a defender which has very much opened the gates to further such financial commitments to defence-based players. "When the play starts from the back and the ball arrives in a good way for the attackers to shoot, it's always better", the goalie added.

Alisson is a key signing for Jurgen Klopp who was desperate for a new goalkeeper to replace Loris Karius following his calamitous Champions League final performance against Real Madrid. It was a considerable jump to splash over £22m more on a central defender one window on from the Keita deal.

Once again, Liverpool went to Roma for their big name signing of the summer and Alisson has admitted to former Giallorossi teammate Mohamed Salah being a factor in his switch to Merseyside. Last year, Manchester City signed Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica for 40 million euros (NZD $69 million).

Here, we compare his output from the 2017/18 season with that of Ederson, De Gea, Lloris and Thibaut Courtois, with per-90 statistics from their basic goalkeeping contributions.

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Nestor Pitana chose to overturn his original decision after adjudging Perisic had deliberately handled the ball in the area. Starting with only about 70 people during Croatia's first match, Stefanec said the house was packed for the final game.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has agreed with Mourinho's annoyance regarding the hasty turnover after the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation which has left a number of clubs without key stars for the whole of pre-season so far.

Goalkeepers for a long time have been the drummers of the band.

Chelsea were also linked with Alisson who began his career with Internacional before moving to Roma two years ago.

"At Roma I enjoyed two attractive seasons; different, intense, but in the end full of achievements", Alisson wrote on his official Twitter account.

The Brazilian arrived at Roma two years ago but spent his first season as Wojciech Szczęsny's understudy at the Stadio Olimpico, failing to play a single minute of Serie A action before the Poland worldwide departed twelve months ago. He is the number one of No.1s.

Last season, Klopp's side relied heavily on the pressing, speed and quality of their front three last season, but now have the look of a more well-rounded outfit after stiffening their spine. "They play the World Cup, then the Nations League, next summer is the final of the Nations League which is really insane", Klopp told reporters.

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