Liverpool are set to break the bank to attract Roma goalkeeper Alisson, who may be the missing piece to Jurgen Klopp’s master plan.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have launched a £62 million bid, which if accepted would be the highest transfer fee for a goalkeeper.
Alisson would likely replace current goalkeeper Loris Karius, who was regarded by many as Liverpool’s biggest liability after making many embarrassing errors last season.
The 25 year-old kept 17 clean sheets in the 2017-18 Serie A campaign, and is contracted to Roma until June 2021.
The Italian club have listened to offers from Liverpool, and FNR’s Adriano Del Monte believes that he will replicate that form in the EPL next season.
“He was the best goalkeeper in Italy, and there’s no doubt he’ll do the same in the Premier League,” Del Monte said during Afternoons on FNR.
Klopp’s attacking style surfaced domestically and continentally last season as a result of a heavy focus towards recruiting playmakers and proven goal scorers, but while Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino formed the most dangerous attacking pair, the same praise could not be directed towards Liverpool’s defence.
The acquisition of Alisson, following Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival and Dejan Lovren’s discovery of form, would ease concerns over the side’s capability to defend and projects their title credentials both domestically and continentally.
“[Liverpool] have done it before with Van Dijk, and you can argue it paid off and got them to a Champions League final”, Rick D’Andrea said during Afternoons on FNR.
“They now have to break the bank in the area that cost the team the most”
In addition to the existing core group, Klopp has since added Guinean midfielder Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, a strategic acquisition that surprised many.
Klopp has so far excelled at crafting a team capable of winning silverware, as the Reds took a giant step last season finishing in the top four and progressing to the final of the UEFA Champions League.
Alisson’s arrival would make Liverpool one of the most balanced sides in England, especially if Lovren and Van Djik continue to build on their form.
Phillipe Coutinho aside, Klopp has succeeded in maintaining a core group of players at a club that are expected to go one step further next season.