Liverpool have completed the signing of Brazil’s Alisson Becker from AS Roma in a record deal for a term of six years. According to goal.com, the Brazilian, who has signed the deal for 65 million pounds at Anfield, becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in history by doing so.
Upon putting pen to paper, the Brazil international told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning. In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family.”
He has been at Roma for two years and played 37 Serie A games in 2017-18.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the signing, saying he needed to have a conversation with the club’s owners but they were on board with the move. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers – then it’s not a long thought, to be honest, it’s only that you need to have a little talk with the owners! They were quite excited, so we did it. I think it’s something we have to do. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price, it’s the market, that’s how it is and we will not think a lot about it,” Klopp said.
“It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. It will happen a lot in the next few weeks I guess and that’s it, so we are really happy to have him here now,” he added.
Alisson is Liverpool’s fourth major signing since they finished the 2017-18 season fourth in the Premier League and were beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Following the completion of his move to Anfield on Thursday, Alisson now once again counts Mohamed Salah as a teammate. The pair shared a dressing room at Roma in the 2016-17 season, before the Egyptian joined the Reds.