Liverpool have finally ended their search for a top class goalkeeper, and while Roma may have beaten them in the race to announce the deal, all that matters is that Alisson Becker now calls Anfield "home".
"Yesterday, he sent me a text message saying: 'Hey, what are you waiting for?' As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straight away saying: 'Calm down, I'm on my way!'" He played with the Seleção at this year's World Cup where his team lost in the quarterfinals.
Roma's sporting director Monchi had earlier said it was a hard decision for the Italian club, who sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool past year, to part with another of their prized assets.
Alisson had always been linked with a move away from Roma after enjoying a fine season in 2017-18, playing a big role in the side which reached the Champions League semi-finals, before being eliminated by the Reds. The 2015 season saw Alisson finally establish himself in the starting XI (keeping 15 clean sheets in 26 league appearances) and indeed make his global bow with Brazil in a World Cup qualification match against Venezuela.
Alisson broke the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper after completing his move to the Premier League side for £65m.
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There were nearly no protests, though four demonstrators barged onto the field during the final and were quickly hauled away. Messi's chance of winning the World Cup may be over, too, with the Barcelona star 35 at the next tournament.
Klopp was quick, however, to warn fans that Alisson will need time to adapt to life in the Premier League and can still improve further. The league is different, the refs are different, the goalkeeper's life is different in the Premier League.
Steve Nicol is over the moon with Liverpool's reported agreement to sign Alisson, explaining what the much sought-after goalkeeper brings to the club.
Liverpool met AS Roma's valuation of the player last night, believed to involve £58M up front, and the player has signed a six year deal with the club. I've seen other games where I could see the way Klopp had the team playing.
It is assumed that the Brazil global will take over the starting role from Loris Karius who had a very good 2018, but made a pair of high profile mistakes in the Champions League final that seemingly have cost him his spot.