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Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco has joked he hopes to take revenge on goalkeeper Alisson, who moved to Liverpool for a world record fee.
I hope Roma beat Alisson's Liverpool in the Champions League - Di Francesco
Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco has joked he hopes to take revenge on goalkeeper Alisson, who moved to Liverpool for a world record fee.
Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco has joked he hopes to take revenge on goalkeeper Alisson, who moved to Liverpool for a world record fee.
I hope Roma beat Alisson's Liverpool in the Champions League - Di Francesco
Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco has joked he hopes to take revenge on goalkeeper Alisson, who moved to Liverpool for a world record fee.
Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco has joked he hopes to take revenge on goalkeeper Alisson, who moved to Liverpool for a world record fee.
I hope Roma beat Alisson's Liverpool in the Champions League - Di Francesco
Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco has joked he hopes to take revenge on goalkeeper Alisson, who moved to Liverpool for a world record fee.
AS Roma owner James Pallotta has been given a three-month ban by UEFA for "improper conduct."
Roma’s American owner Pallotta banned for three months by UEFA
AS Roma owner James Pallotta has been given a three-month ban by UEFA for "improper conduct."
AS Roma owner James Pallotta has been given a three-month ban by UEFA for "improper conduct."
Roma’s American owner Pallotta banned for three months by UEFA
AS Roma owner James Pallotta has been given a three-month ban by UEFA for "improper conduct."
Former attacker Francesco Totti admitted Roma could not say no to the money on offer from Liverpool despite Alisson's quality.
Roma had to sell Alisson to Liverpool, says Totti
Former attacker Francesco Totti admitted Roma could not say no to the money on offer from Liverpool despite Alisson's quality.
Roma director Mia Hamm believes the arrival of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus will be good news overall for Serie A.
Iconic Ronaldo to raise Serie A level - Roma's Hamm
Roma director Mia Hamm believes the arrival of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus will be good news overall for Serie A.
Cesc Fabregas has told Chelsea that they "need" to keep Eden Hazard and admitted that he has been having regular conversations with the club’s star player. Although new manager Maurizio Sarri will wait until Hazard returns from a three-week holiday on Aug 6 before speaking directly to his player, senior members of the Chelsea squad have been in contact with the Belgium winger. Fabregas himself went from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2011 and, amid interest now in Hazard from Real Madrid, does not want his friend to follow that same path from the Premier League to La Liga. “I won't lie, I speak to him often,” said Fabregas. “He is the best player at the club and we need at Chelsea to keep the best players. He knows the fans love him and he’s a player we love to play with. For sure, we want him to stay.” Hazard, whose current deal runs until 2020, has been offered an extension worth around £300,000-a-week but suggested last week that he might leave and will be acutely aware of the widely reported interest from Real Madrid following their sale of Cristiano Ronaldo. Sarri was unveiled as manager by Chelsea on Wednesday and, having travelled with the squad to Perth for their first pre-season match on Monday, clearly hopes that the experience of training with him could help. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs “Telephone calls without looking them in the eyes would not give them any certainty,” said Sarri. “I want to meet them face to face, talk to them and understand what the best thing will be to do for everyone. I would also like a player to come with me on the pitch for four or five days.” Chelsea begin their Premier League season against Huddersfield on Aug 11, while the transfer window for signing any potential replacements closes on Aug 9. Sarri has talked often about how his philosophy will be underpinned by a desire to make football “fun” and, upon arriving in Australia, Fabregas said that he was enjoying a style of management that has been compared to his old Barcelona colleague Pep Guardiola. "His way of football, I believe in," said Fabregas, "I really like it, I grew up in this system, in this quality of football, that he wants to bring to the football club. I think the type of player like myself, we can take a lot of advantage. We want to play well, we want to be attractive, but we want to win as well." Maurizio Sarri and Gianfranco Zola oversee Chelsea training in Australia Credit: getty images Chelsea are still confident of keeping Hazard for another year even if Real Madrid or Barcelona do make a massive offer but may be more willing to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is out of contract next season and is yet to accept an offer worth around £200,000-a-week. Roma’s Alisson Becker had been a target if Courtois left but he has now been signed by Liverpool. Kasper Schmeichel is another option and, while Leicester City have agreed a fee for Liverpool’s Danny Ward, they regard him as additional competition rather than a replacement. Meanwhile reports on Friday night suggested Barcelona had made a third bid for Willian, this one in excess of £55m for the winger who turns 30 in three weeks but so far neither club has confirmed the approach.
Cesc Fabregas urges Chelsea to fight for Eden Hazard
Cesc Fabregas has told Chelsea that they "need" to keep Eden Hazard and admitted that he has been having regular conversations with the club’s star player. Although new manager Maurizio Sarri will wait until Hazard returns from a three-week holiday on Aug 6 before speaking directly to his player, senior members of the Chelsea squad have been in contact with the Belgium winger. Fabregas himself went from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2011 and, amid interest now in Hazard from Real Madrid, does not want his friend to follow that same path from the Premier League to La Liga. “I won't lie, I speak to him often,” said Fabregas. “He is the best player at the club and we need at Chelsea to keep the best players. He knows the fans love him and he’s a player we love to play with. For sure, we want him to stay.” Hazard, whose current deal runs until 2020, has been offered an extension worth around £300,000-a-week but suggested last week that he might leave and will be acutely aware of the widely reported interest from Real Madrid following their sale of Cristiano Ronaldo. Sarri was unveiled as manager by Chelsea on Wednesday and, having travelled with the squad to Perth for their first pre-season match on Monday, clearly hopes that the experience of training with him could help. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs “Telephone calls without looking them in the eyes would not give them any certainty,” said Sarri. “I want to meet them face to face, talk to them and understand what the best thing will be to do for everyone. I would also like a player to come with me on the pitch for four or five days.” Chelsea begin their Premier League season against Huddersfield on Aug 11, while the transfer window for signing any potential replacements closes on Aug 9. Sarri has talked often about how his philosophy will be underpinned by a desire to make football “fun” and, upon arriving in Australia, Fabregas said that he was enjoying a style of management that has been compared to his old Barcelona colleague Pep Guardiola. "His way of football, I believe in," said Fabregas, "I really like it, I grew up in this system, in this quality of football, that he wants to bring to the football club. I think the type of player like myself, we can take a lot of advantage. We want to play well, we want to be attractive, but we want to win as well." Maurizio Sarri and Gianfranco Zola oversee Chelsea training in Australia Credit: getty images Chelsea are still confident of keeping Hazard for another year even if Real Madrid or Barcelona do make a massive offer but may be more willing to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is out of contract next season and is yet to accept an offer worth around £200,000-a-week. Roma’s Alisson Becker had been a target if Courtois left but he has now been signed by Liverpool. Kasper Schmeichel is another option and, while Leicester City have agreed a fee for Liverpool’s Danny Ward, they regard him as additional competition rather than a replacement. Meanwhile reports on Friday night suggested Barcelona had made a third bid for Willian, this one in excess of £55m for the winger who turns 30 in three weeks but so far neither club has confirmed the approach.
Cesc Fabregas has told Chelsea that they "need" to keep Eden Hazard and admitted that he has been having regular conversations with the club’s star player. Although new manager Maurizio Sarri will wait until Hazard returns from a three-week holiday on Aug 6 before speaking directly to his player, senior members of the Chelsea squad have been in contact with the Belgium winger. Fabregas himself went from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2011 and, amid interest now in Hazard from Real Madrid, does not want his friend to follow that same path from the Premier League to La Liga. “I won't lie, I speak to him often,” said Fabregas. “He is the best player at the club and we need at Chelsea to keep the best players. He knows the fans love him and he’s a player we love to play with. For sure, we want him to stay.” Hazard, whose current deal runs until 2020, has been offered an extension worth around £300,000-a-week but suggested last week that he might leave and will be acutely aware of the widely reported interest from Real Madrid following their sale of Cristiano Ronaldo. Sarri was unveiled as manager by Chelsea on Wednesday and, having travelled with the squad to Perth for their first pre-season match on Monday, clearly hopes that the experience of training with him could help. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs “Telephone calls without looking them in the eyes would not give them any certainty,” said Sarri. “I want to meet them face to face, talk to them and understand what the best thing will be to do for everyone. I would also like a player to come with me on the pitch for four or five days.” Chelsea begin their Premier League season against Huddersfield on Aug 11, while the transfer window for signing any potential replacements closes on Aug 9. Sarri has talked often about how his philosophy will be underpinned by a desire to make football “fun” and, upon arriving in Australia, Fabregas said that he was enjoying a style of management that has been compared to his old Barcelona colleague Pep Guardiola. "His way of football, I believe in," said Fabregas, "I really like it, I grew up in this system, in this quality of football, that he wants to bring to the football club. I think the type of player like myself, we can take a lot of advantage. We want to play well, we want to be attractive, but we want to win as well." Maurizio Sarri and Gianfranco Zola oversee Chelsea training in Australia Credit: getty images Chelsea are still confident of keeping Hazard for another year even if Real Madrid or Barcelona do make a massive offer but may be more willing to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is out of contract next season and is yet to accept an offer worth around £200,000-a-week. Roma’s Alisson Becker had been a target if Courtois left but he has now been signed by Liverpool. Kasper Schmeichel is another option and, while Leicester City have agreed a fee for Liverpool’s Danny Ward, they regard him as additional competition rather than a replacement. Meanwhile reports on Friday night suggested Barcelona had made a third bid for Willian, this one in excess of £55m for the winger who turns 30 in three weeks but so far neither club has confirmed the approach.
Cesc Fabregas urges Chelsea to fight for Eden Hazard
Cesc Fabregas has told Chelsea that they "need" to keep Eden Hazard and admitted that he has been having regular conversations with the club’s star player. Although new manager Maurizio Sarri will wait until Hazard returns from a three-week holiday on Aug 6 before speaking directly to his player, senior members of the Chelsea squad have been in contact with the Belgium winger. Fabregas himself went from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2011 and, amid interest now in Hazard from Real Madrid, does not want his friend to follow that same path from the Premier League to La Liga. “I won't lie, I speak to him often,” said Fabregas. “He is the best player at the club and we need at Chelsea to keep the best players. He knows the fans love him and he’s a player we love to play with. For sure, we want him to stay.” Hazard, whose current deal runs until 2020, has been offered an extension worth around £300,000-a-week but suggested last week that he might leave and will be acutely aware of the widely reported interest from Real Madrid following their sale of Cristiano Ronaldo. Sarri was unveiled as manager by Chelsea on Wednesday and, having travelled with the squad to Perth for their first pre-season match on Monday, clearly hopes that the experience of training with him could help. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs “Telephone calls without looking them in the eyes would not give them any certainty,” said Sarri. “I want to meet them face to face, talk to them and understand what the best thing will be to do for everyone. I would also like a player to come with me on the pitch for four or five days.” Chelsea begin their Premier League season against Huddersfield on Aug 11, while the transfer window for signing any potential replacements closes on Aug 9. Sarri has talked often about how his philosophy will be underpinned by a desire to make football “fun” and, upon arriving in Australia, Fabregas said that he was enjoying a style of management that has been compared to his old Barcelona colleague Pep Guardiola. "His way of football, I believe in," said Fabregas, "I really like it, I grew up in this system, in this quality of football, that he wants to bring to the football club. I think the type of player like myself, we can take a lot of advantage. We want to play well, we want to be attractive, but we want to win as well." Maurizio Sarri and Gianfranco Zola oversee Chelsea training in Australia Credit: getty images Chelsea are still confident of keeping Hazard for another year even if Real Madrid or Barcelona do make a massive offer but may be more willing to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is out of contract next season and is yet to accept an offer worth around £200,000-a-week. Roma’s Alisson Becker had been a target if Courtois left but he has now been signed by Liverpool. Kasper Schmeichel is another option and, while Leicester City have agreed a fee for Liverpool’s Danny Ward, they regard him as additional competition rather than a replacement. Meanwhile reports on Friday night suggested Barcelona had made a third bid for Willian, this one in excess of £55m for the winger who turns 30 in three weeks but so far neither club has confirmed the approach.
A UEFA ban will keep James Pallotta from entering the dressing room during European games, but the Roma president is unconcerned.
Where will I get my massage? - Roma's Pallotta mocks UEFA ban
A UEFA ban will keep James Pallotta from entering the dressing room during European games, but the Roma president is unconcerned.
Kasper Schmeichel has been linked with Roma and Chelsea, with Leicester City moving to sign Danny Ward from Liverpool.
Leicester sign Ward from Liverpool amid Schmeichel speculation
Kasper Schmeichel has been linked with Roma and Chelsea, with Leicester City moving to sign Danny Ward from Liverpool.
The eccentric American chief's strong comments in the wake of his side's loss to Liverpool have earned him a suspension
'Where will I get my massage?' - Roma president Pallotta mocks UEFA suspension after refereeing criticisms
The eccentric American chief's strong comments in the wake of his side's loss to Liverpool have earned him a suspension
James Pallotta's strong comments in the wake of Roma's Champions League loss to Liverpool have earned him a suspension.
Roma president Pallotta hit with three-month UEFA suspension
James Pallotta's strong comments in the wake of Roma's Champions League loss to Liverpool have earned him a suspension.
When Jurgen Klopp was asked about Liverpool's troublesome goalkeeping situation in February, he said: "My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys. They step up, they deliver, they improve." As a wise man once sang: you can't always get what you want. Five months, a World Cup, and two Champions League final howlers from Loris Karius later, Liverpool are spending a world-record £67 million on Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson. Reaping the rewards of consecutive seasons in the Champions League and funds raised by the sale of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool are putting the finishing touches on a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title. 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. Virgil van Dijk's arrival in January vindicated the club's decision to keep their powder dry last summer, with Fabinho and Naby Keita following in this window. Is Alisson the last piece in the jigsaw? Where does Fabinho fit into Liverpool's plans? His career so far... The soon-to-be former Roma goalkeeper is relatively inexperienced, but this should be cause for excitement rather than worry among Liverpool fans. Just 25, Alisson has only played one full season as a No.1 in Europe so has tremendous scope for improvement. If he maintains his standards and avoids serious injury, he could be Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper for the next decade, which would rationalise the eye-watering transfer fee. Alisson hails from the Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil and his considerable talents were cultivated at Internacional, playing minutes in both the state and national championship. He had only 83 first-team starts to his name when he moved to Roma in 2016, acting as Wojciech Szczesny's deputy for a season without starting a game in Serie A. The former Arsenal man's move to Juventus presented Alisson with his chance, and he made 37 league starts as Roma finished third and reached the Champions League semi-finals. Alisson in action for Roma against Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Known as ‘goleiro gato' in Brazil - literally 'handsome goalkeeper' - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress. Alisson was given quite the reference from former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo when he was asked about the price tag: “He's worth much more. I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is," Negrisolo told newspaper Il Romanista. "This guy is a phenomenon. He is the number one of No.1s." “He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can define an era.” “The way he behaves in goal, he reminds me of Dino Zoff." Safe to say he is a fan. Why have Liverpool bought him? A simple question abounds when deciding whether or not to buy a player: is he better than existing options? The answer in the case of Alisson and Liverpool is a resounding yes. Karius and Simon Mignolet have not been uniformly dreadful during their Anfield careers - both have had promising spells as first-choice - but inconsistency and costly mistakes have dogged the pair. Goalkeeping compArisons It is difficult to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets kept or goals conceded. Alisson should have few problems adapting to Liverpool's style - Roma had more possession than any team in Serie A, so he is used to standing idle while his team dominates. That is always a worry for big clubs when they shop for a new goalkeeper - how will their concentration cope with being tested sporadically? The number that will hearten Liverpool fans is the zero under errors leading to goals. If your goalkeeper can win points you have no right to - as David de Gea does for Manchester United - then great, but the minimum requirement for the No.1 at a Champions League club is that he does not cost points. Of the goalkeepers who made more than 20 starts in Europe's top five leagues last season, Alisson's save percentage is bettered only by De Gea and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak. Best save percentage within the top five European Leagues 2017-18 That reinforces what we already know: Alisson is a very solid shot-stopper. Save percentage does not provide a full picture, of course - the type of shots that produce those saves will influence the numbers. For instance, Atletico Madrid are masters at forcing teams to take shots from distance or hurl crosses into the box. So Oblak may face plenty of attempts but few high-quality chances. Liverpool's defensive strategy is the inverse of Atletico's. Klopp's side try to pin opponents in their own half with high pressure and limit their touches and attempts in Liverpool's defensive third. However, when teams play through the press they can create high-quality chances because Liverpool leave their centre backs exposed with plenty of green grass behind them. So a goalkeeper in a Klopp side may be called upon to make more one-on-one saves. Is he worth £67 million? Ederson and Thibaut Courtois have come to market in the past year for around £35 million, so it is easy to construct an argument that Liverpool have over-paid. That said, Courtois has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract while Alisson keeps Ederson out of the Brazil team. It could be curtains for Loris Karius at Liverpool Credit: Getty Images If Alisson proves successful, the transfer fee will be quickly forgotten. Liverpool have the money to buy the player they want in a position of need, and are doing so. It is difficult to pin-point any weaknesses in Alisson's game. There is usually a trade-off with goalkeepers between commanding the penalty area and excelling in one-on-one situations. Taller goalkeepers such as Courtois or Petr Cech offer security on crosses but can lack agility when asked to come off their line, while the reverse is true of the sweeper-keeper types such as Hugo Lloris or Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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.
Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million?
When Jurgen Klopp was asked about Liverpool's troublesome goalkeeping situation in February, he said: "My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys. They step up, they deliver, they improve." As a wise man once sang: you can't always get what you want. Five months, a World Cup, and two Champions League final howlers from Loris Karius later, Liverpool are spending a world-record £67 million on Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson. Reaping the rewards of consecutive seasons in the Champions League and funds raised by the sale of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool are putting the finishing touches on a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title. 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. Virgil van Dijk's arrival in January vindicated the club's decision to keep their powder dry last summer, with Fabinho and Naby Keita following in this window. Is Alisson the last piece in the jigsaw? Where does Fabinho fit into Liverpool's plans? His career so far... The soon-to-be former Roma goalkeeper is relatively inexperienced, but this should be cause for excitement rather than worry among Liverpool fans. Just 25, Alisson has only played one full season as a No.1 in Europe so has tremendous scope for improvement. If he maintains his standards and avoids serious injury, he could be Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper for the next decade, which would rationalise the eye-watering transfer fee. Alisson hails from the Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil and his considerable talents were cultivated at Internacional, playing minutes in both the state and national championship. He had only 83 first-team starts to his name when he moved to Roma in 2016, acting as Wojciech Szczesny's deputy for a season without starting a game in Serie A. The former Arsenal man's move to Juventus presented Alisson with his chance, and he made 37 league starts as Roma finished third and reached the Champions League semi-finals. Alisson in action for Roma against Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Known as ‘goleiro gato' in Brazil - literally 'handsome goalkeeper' - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress. Alisson was given quite the reference from former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo when he was asked about the price tag: “He's worth much more. I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is," Negrisolo told newspaper Il Romanista. "This guy is a phenomenon. He is the number one of No.1s." “He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can define an era.” “The way he behaves in goal, he reminds me of Dino Zoff." Safe to say he is a fan. Why have Liverpool bought him? A simple question abounds when deciding whether or not to buy a player: is he better than existing options? The answer in the case of Alisson and Liverpool is a resounding yes. Karius and Simon Mignolet have not been uniformly dreadful during their Anfield careers - both have had promising spells as first-choice - but inconsistency and costly mistakes have dogged the pair. Goalkeeping compArisons It is difficult to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets kept or goals conceded. Alisson should have few problems adapting to Liverpool's style - Roma had more possession than any team in Serie A, so he is used to standing idle while his team dominates. That is always a worry for big clubs when they shop for a new goalkeeper - how will their concentration cope with being tested sporadically? The number that will hearten Liverpool fans is the zero under errors leading to goals. If your goalkeeper can win points you have no right to - as David de Gea does for Manchester United - then great, but the minimum requirement for the No.1 at a Champions League club is that he does not cost points. Of the goalkeepers who made more than 20 starts in Europe's top five leagues last season, Alisson's save percentage is bettered only by De Gea and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak. Best save percentage within the top five European Leagues 2017-18 That reinforces what we already know: Alisson is a very solid shot-stopper. Save percentage does not provide a full picture, of course - the type of shots that produce those saves will influence the numbers. For instance, Atletico Madrid are masters at forcing teams to take shots from distance or hurl crosses into the box. So Oblak may face plenty of attempts but few high-quality chances. Liverpool's defensive strategy is the inverse of Atletico's. Klopp's side try to pin opponents in their own half with high pressure and limit their touches and attempts in Liverpool's defensive third. However, when teams play through the press they can create high-quality chances because Liverpool leave their centre backs exposed with plenty of green grass behind them. So a goalkeeper in a Klopp side may be called upon to make more one-on-one saves. Is he worth £67 million? Ederson and Thibaut Courtois have come to market in the past year for around £35 million, so it is easy to construct an argument that Liverpool have over-paid. That said, Courtois has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract while Alisson keeps Ederson out of the Brazil team. It could be curtains for Loris Karius at Liverpool Credit: Getty Images If Alisson proves successful, the transfer fee will be quickly forgotten. Liverpool have the money to buy the player they want in a position of need, and are doing so. It is difficult to pin-point any weaknesses in Alisson's game. There is usually a trade-off with goalkeepers between commanding the penalty area and excelling in one-on-one situations. Taller goalkeepers such as Courtois or Petr Cech offer security on crosses but can lack agility when asked to come off their line, while the reverse is true of the sweeper-keeper types such as Hugo Lloris or Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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.
When Jurgen Klopp was asked about Liverpool's troublesome goalkeeping situation in February, he said: "My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys. They step up, they deliver, they improve." As a wise man once sang: you can't always get what you want. Five months, a World Cup, and two Champions League final howlers from Loris Karius later, Liverpool are spending a world-record £67 million on Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson. Reaping the rewards of consecutive seasons in the Champions League and funds raised by the sale of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool are putting the finishing touches on a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title. 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. Virgil van Dijk's arrival in January vindicated the club's decision to keep their powder dry last summer, with Fabinho and Naby Keita following in this window. Is Alisson the last piece in the jigsaw? Where does Fabinho fit into Liverpool's plans? His career so far... The soon-to-be former Roma goalkeeper is relatively inexperienced, but this should be cause for excitement rather than worry among Liverpool fans. Just 25, Alisson has only played one full season as a No.1 in Europe so has tremendous scope for improvement. If he maintains his standards and avoids serious injury, he could be Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper for the next decade, which would rationalise the eye-watering transfer fee. Alisson hails from the Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil and his considerable talents were cultivated at Internacional, playing minutes in both the state and national championship. He had only 83 first-team starts to his name when he moved to Roma in 2016, acting as Wojciech Szczesny's deputy for a season without starting a game in Serie A. The former Arsenal man's move to Juventus presented Alisson with his chance, and he made 37 league starts as Roma finished third and reached the Champions League semi-finals. Alisson in action for Roma against Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Known as ‘goleiro gato' in Brazil - literally 'handsome goalkeeper' - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress. Alisson was given quite the reference from former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo when he was asked about the price tag: “He's worth much more. I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is," Negrisolo told newspaper Il Romanista. "This guy is a phenomenon. He is the number one of No.1s." “He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can define an era.” “The way he behaves in goal, he reminds me of Dino Zoff." Safe to say he is a fan. Why have Liverpool bought him? A simple question abounds when deciding whether or not to buy a player: is he better than existing options? The answer in the case of Alisson and Liverpool is a resounding yes. Karius and Simon Mignolet have not been uniformly dreadful during their Anfield careers - both have had promising spells as first-choice - but inconsistency and costly mistakes have dogged the pair. Goalkeeping compArisons It is difficult to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets kept or goals conceded. Alisson should have few problems adapting to Liverpool's style - Roma had more possession than any team in Serie A, so he is used to standing idle while his team dominates. That is always a worry for big clubs when they shop for a new goalkeeper - how will their concentration cope with being tested sporadically? The number that will hearten Liverpool fans is the zero under errors leading to goals. If your goalkeeper can win points you have no right to - as David de Gea does for Manchester United - then great, but the minimum requirement for the No.1 at a Champions League club is that he does not cost points. Of the goalkeepers who made more than 20 starts in Europe's top five leagues last season, Alisson's save percentage is bettered only by De Gea and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak. Best save percentage within the top five European Leagues 2017-18 That reinforces what we already know: Alisson is a very solid shot-stopper. Save percentage does not provide a full picture, of course - the type of shots that produce those saves will influence the numbers. For instance, Atletico Madrid are masters at forcing teams to take shots from distance or hurl crosses into the box. So Oblak may face plenty of attempts but few high-quality chances. Liverpool's defensive strategy is the inverse of Atletico's. Klopp's side try to pin opponents in their own half with high pressure and limit their touches and attempts in Liverpool's defensive third. However, when teams play through the press they can create high-quality chances because Liverpool leave their centre backs exposed with plenty of green grass behind them. So a goalkeeper in a Klopp side may be called upon to make more one-on-one saves. Is he worth £67 million? Ederson and Thibaut Courtois have come to market in the past year for around £35 million, so it is easy to construct an argument that Liverpool have over-paid. That said, Courtois has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract while Alisson keeps Ederson out of the Brazil team. It could be curtains for Loris Karius at Liverpool Credit: Getty Images If Alisson proves successful, the transfer fee will be quickly forgotten. Liverpool have the money to buy the player they want in a position of need, and are doing so. It is difficult to pin-point any weaknesses in Alisson's game. There is usually a trade-off with goalkeepers between commanding the penalty area and excelling in one-on-one situations. Taller goalkeepers such as Courtois or Petr Cech offer security on crosses but can lack agility when asked to come off their line, while the reverse is true of the sweeper-keeper types such as Hugo Lloris or Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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.
Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million?
When Jurgen Klopp was asked about Liverpool's troublesome goalkeeping situation in February, he said: "My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys. They step up, they deliver, they improve." As a wise man once sang: you can't always get what you want. Five months, a World Cup, and two Champions League final howlers from Loris Karius later, Liverpool are spending a world-record £67 million on Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson. Reaping the rewards of consecutive seasons in the Champions League and funds raised by the sale of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool are putting the finishing touches on a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title. 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. Virgil van Dijk's arrival in January vindicated the club's decision to keep their powder dry last summer, with Fabinho and Naby Keita following in this window. Is Alisson the last piece in the jigsaw? Where does Fabinho fit into Liverpool's plans? His career so far... The soon-to-be former Roma goalkeeper is relatively inexperienced, but this should be cause for excitement rather than worry among Liverpool fans. Just 25, Alisson has only played one full season as a No.1 in Europe so has tremendous scope for improvement. If he maintains his standards and avoids serious injury, he could be Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper for the next decade, which would rationalise the eye-watering transfer fee. Alisson hails from the Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil and his considerable talents were cultivated at Internacional, playing minutes in both the state and national championship. He had only 83 first-team starts to his name when he moved to Roma in 2016, acting as Wojciech Szczesny's deputy for a season without starting a game in Serie A. The former Arsenal man's move to Juventus presented Alisson with his chance, and he made 37 league starts as Roma finished third and reached the Champions League semi-finals. Alisson in action for Roma against Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Known as ‘goleiro gato' in Brazil - literally 'handsome goalkeeper' - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress. Alisson was given quite the reference from former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo when he was asked about the price tag: “He's worth much more. I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is," Negrisolo told newspaper Il Romanista. "This guy is a phenomenon. He is the number one of No.1s." “He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can define an era.” “The way he behaves in goal, he reminds me of Dino Zoff." Safe to say he is a fan. Why have Liverpool bought him? A simple question abounds when deciding whether or not to buy a player: is he better than existing options? The answer in the case of Alisson and Liverpool is a resounding yes. Karius and Simon Mignolet have not been uniformly dreadful during their Anfield careers - both have had promising spells as first-choice - but inconsistency and costly mistakes have dogged the pair. Goalkeeping compArisons It is difficult to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets kept or goals conceded. Alisson should have few problems adapting to Liverpool's style - Roma had more possession than any team in Serie A, so he is used to standing idle while his team dominates. That is always a worry for big clubs when they shop for a new goalkeeper - how will their concentration cope with being tested sporadically? The number that will hearten Liverpool fans is the zero under errors leading to goals. If your goalkeeper can win points you have no right to - as David de Gea does for Manchester United - then great, but the minimum requirement for the No.1 at a Champions League club is that he does not cost points. Of the goalkeepers who made more than 20 starts in Europe's top five leagues last season, Alisson's save percentage is bettered only by De Gea and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak. Best save percentage within the top five European Leagues 2017-18 That reinforces what we already know: Alisson is a very solid shot-stopper. Save percentage does not provide a full picture, of course - the type of shots that produce those saves will influence the numbers. For instance, Atletico Madrid are masters at forcing teams to take shots from distance or hurl crosses into the box. So Oblak may face plenty of attempts but few high-quality chances. Liverpool's defensive strategy is the inverse of Atletico's. Klopp's side try to pin opponents in their own half with high pressure and limit their touches and attempts in Liverpool's defensive third. However, when teams play through the press they can create high-quality chances because Liverpool leave their centre backs exposed with plenty of green grass behind them. So a goalkeeper in a Klopp side may be called upon to make more one-on-one saves. Is he worth £67 million? Ederson and Thibaut Courtois have come to market in the past year for around £35 million, so it is easy to construct an argument that Liverpool have over-paid. That said, Courtois has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract while Alisson keeps Ederson out of the Brazil team. It could be curtains for Loris Karius at Liverpool Credit: Getty Images If Alisson proves successful, the transfer fee will be quickly forgotten. Liverpool have the money to buy the player they want in a position of need, and are doing so. It is difficult to pin-point any weaknesses in Alisson's game. There is usually a trade-off with goalkeepers between commanding the penalty area and excelling in one-on-one situations. Taller goalkeepers such as Courtois or Petr Cech offer security on crosses but can lack agility when asked to come off their line, while the reverse is true of the sweeper-keeper types such as Hugo Lloris or Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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.
When Jurgen Klopp was asked about Liverpool's troublesome goalkeeping situation in February, he said: "My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys. They step up, they deliver, they improve." As a wise man once sang: you can't always get what you want. Five months, a World Cup, and two Champions League final howlers from Loris Karius later, Liverpool are spending a world-record £67 million on Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson. Reaping the rewards of consecutive seasons in the Champions League and funds raised by the sale of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool are putting the finishing touches on a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title. 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. Virgil van Dijk's arrival in January vindicated the club's decision to keep their powder dry last summer, with Fabinho and Naby Keita following in this window. Is Alisson the last piece in the jigsaw? Where does Fabinho fit into Liverpool's plans? His career so far... The soon-to-be former Roma goalkeeper is relatively inexperienced, but this should be cause for excitement rather than worry among Liverpool fans. Just 25, Alisson has only played one full season as a No.1 in Europe so has tremendous scope for improvement. If he maintains his standards and avoids serious injury, he could be Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper for the next decade, which would rationalise the eye-watering transfer fee. Alisson hails from the Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil and his considerable talents were cultivated at Internacional, playing minutes in both the state and national championship. He had only 83 first-team starts to his name when he moved to Roma in 2016, acting as Wojciech Szczesny's deputy for a season without starting a game in Serie A. The former Arsenal man's move to Juventus presented Alisson with his chance, and he made 37 league starts as Roma finished third and reached the Champions League semi-finals. Alisson in action for Roma against Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Known as ‘goleiro gato' in Brazil - literally 'handsome goalkeeper' - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress. Alisson was given quite the reference from former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo when he was asked about the price tag: “He's worth much more. I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is," Negrisolo told newspaper Il Romanista. "This guy is a phenomenon. He is the number one of No.1s." “He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can define an era.” “The way he behaves in goal, he reminds me of Dino Zoff." Safe to say he is a fan. Why have Liverpool bought him? A simple question abounds when deciding whether or not to buy a player: is he better than existing options? The answer in the case of Alisson and Liverpool is a resounding yes. Karius and Simon Mignolet have not been uniformly dreadful during their Anfield careers - both have had promising spells as first-choice - but inconsistency and costly mistakes have dogged the pair. Goalkeeping compArisons It is difficult to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets kept or goals conceded. Alisson should have few problems adapting to Liverpool's style - Roma had more possession than any team in Serie A, so he is used to standing idle while his team dominates. That is always a worry for big clubs when they shop for a new goalkeeper - how will their concentration cope with being tested sporadically? The number that will hearten Liverpool fans is the zero under errors leading to goals. If your goalkeeper can win points you have no right to - as David de Gea does for Manchester United - then great, but the minimum requirement for the No.1 at a Champions League club is that he does not cost points. Of the goalkeepers who made more than 20 starts in Europe's top five leagues last season, Alisson's save percentage is bettered only by De Gea and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak. Best save percentage within the top five European Leagues 2017-18 That reinforces what we already know: Alisson is a very solid shot-stopper. Save percentage does not provide a full picture, of course - the type of shots that produce those saves will influence the numbers. For instance, Atletico Madrid are masters at forcing teams to take shots from distance or hurl crosses into the box. So Oblak may face plenty of attempts but few high-quality chances. Liverpool's defensive strategy is the inverse of Atletico's. Klopp's side try to pin opponents in their own half with high pressure and limit their touches and attempts in Liverpool's defensive third. However, when teams play through the press they can create high-quality chances because Liverpool leave their centre backs exposed with plenty of green grass behind them. So a goalkeeper in a Klopp side may be called upon to make more one-on-one saves. Is he worth £67 million? Ederson and Thibaut Courtois have come to market in the past year for around £35 million, so it is easy to construct an argument that Liverpool have over-paid. That said, Courtois has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract while Alisson keeps Ederson out of the Brazil team. It could be curtains for Loris Karius at Liverpool Credit: Getty Images If Alisson proves successful, the transfer fee will be quickly forgotten. Liverpool have the money to buy the player they want in a position of need, and are doing so. It is difficult to pin-point any weaknesses in Alisson's game. There is usually a trade-off with goalkeepers between commanding the penalty area and excelling in one-on-one situations. Taller goalkeepers such as Courtois or Petr Cech offer security on crosses but can lack agility when asked to come off their line, while the reverse is true of the sweeper-keeper types such as Hugo Lloris or Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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.
Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million?
When Jurgen Klopp was asked about Liverpool's troublesome goalkeeping situation in February, he said: "My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys. They step up, they deliver, they improve." As a wise man once sang: you can't always get what you want. Five months, a World Cup, and two Champions League final howlers from Loris Karius later, Liverpool are spending a world-record £67 million on Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson. Reaping the rewards of consecutive seasons in the Champions League and funds raised by the sale of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool are putting the finishing touches on a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title. 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. Virgil van Dijk's arrival in January vindicated the club's decision to keep their powder dry last summer, with Fabinho and Naby Keita following in this window. Is Alisson the last piece in the jigsaw? Where does Fabinho fit into Liverpool's plans? His career so far... The soon-to-be former Roma goalkeeper is relatively inexperienced, but this should be cause for excitement rather than worry among Liverpool fans. Just 25, Alisson has only played one full season as a No.1 in Europe so has tremendous scope for improvement. If he maintains his standards and avoids serious injury, he could be Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper for the next decade, which would rationalise the eye-watering transfer fee. Alisson hails from the Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil and his considerable talents were cultivated at Internacional, playing minutes in both the state and national championship. He had only 83 first-team starts to his name when he moved to Roma in 2016, acting as Wojciech Szczesny's deputy for a season without starting a game in Serie A. The former Arsenal man's move to Juventus presented Alisson with his chance, and he made 37 league starts as Roma finished third and reached the Champions League semi-finals. Alisson in action for Roma against Liverpool Credit: Getty Images Known as ‘goleiro gato' in Brazil - literally 'handsome goalkeeper' - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress. Alisson was given quite the reference from former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo when he was asked about the price tag: “He's worth much more. I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is," Negrisolo told newspaper Il Romanista. "This guy is a phenomenon. He is the number one of No.1s." “He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can define an era.” “The way he behaves in goal, he reminds me of Dino Zoff." Safe to say he is a fan. Why have Liverpool bought him? A simple question abounds when deciding whether or not to buy a player: is he better than existing options? The answer in the case of Alisson and Liverpool is a resounding yes. Karius and Simon Mignolet have not been uniformly dreadful during their Anfield careers - both have had promising spells as first-choice - but inconsistency and costly mistakes have dogged the pair. Goalkeeping compArisons It is difficult to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets kept or goals conceded. Alisson should have few problems adapting to Liverpool's style - Roma had more possession than any team in Serie A, so he is used to standing idle while his team dominates. That is always a worry for big clubs when they shop for a new goalkeeper - how will their concentration cope with being tested sporadically? The number that will hearten Liverpool fans is the zero under errors leading to goals. If your goalkeeper can win points you have no right to - as David de Gea does for Manchester United - then great, but the minimum requirement for the No.1 at a Champions League club is that he does not cost points. Of the goalkeepers who made more than 20 starts in Europe's top five leagues last season, Alisson's save percentage is bettered only by De Gea and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak. Best save percentage within the top five European Leagues 2017-18 That reinforces what we already know: Alisson is a very solid shot-stopper. Save percentage does not provide a full picture, of course - the type of shots that produce those saves will influence the numbers. For instance, Atletico Madrid are masters at forcing teams to take shots from distance or hurl crosses into the box. So Oblak may face plenty of attempts but few high-quality chances. Liverpool's defensive strategy is the inverse of Atletico's. Klopp's side try to pin opponents in their own half with high pressure and limit their touches and attempts in Liverpool's defensive third. However, when teams play through the press they can create high-quality chances because Liverpool leave their centre backs exposed with plenty of green grass behind them. So a goalkeeper in a Klopp side may be called upon to make more one-on-one saves. Is he worth £67 million? Ederson and Thibaut Courtois have come to market in the past year for around £35 million, so it is easy to construct an argument that Liverpool have over-paid. That said, Courtois has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract while Alisson keeps Ederson out of the Brazil team. It could be curtains for Loris Karius at Liverpool Credit: Getty Images If Alisson proves successful, the transfer fee will be quickly forgotten. Liverpool have the money to buy the player they want in a position of need, and are doing so. It is difficult to pin-point any weaknesses in Alisson's game. There is usually a trade-off with goalkeepers between commanding the penalty area and excelling in one-on-one situations. Taller goalkeepers such as Courtois or Petr Cech offer security on crosses but can lack agility when asked to come off their line, while the reverse is true of the sweeper-keeper types such as Hugo Lloris or Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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.
The Brazilian goalkeeper spent just two seasons with the Serie A side, but revealed they will always be important to him after leaving for Anfield
'I'll always carry Roma in my heart' - Alisson thanks former club after Liverpool transfer
The Brazilian goalkeeper spent just two seasons with the Serie A side, but revealed they will always be important to him after leaving for Anfield
Liverpool made Alisson the world's costliest goalkeeper on Thursday, but he is not going to forget Roma's impact on him in a hurry.
I'll always carry Roma in my heart, says Liverpool signing Alisson
Liverpool made Alisson the world's costliest goalkeeper on Thursday, but he is not going to forget Roma's impact on him in a hurry.
Mia Hamm, who is on the board of directors at Roma, believes the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus will raise the standard of Serie A.
Ronaldo will raise the level of Serie A - Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm, who is on the board of directors at Roma, believes the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus will raise the standard of Serie A.
Mia Hamm, who is on the board of directors at Roma, believes the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus will raise the standard of Serie A.
Ronaldo will raise the level of Serie A - Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm, who is on the board of directors at Roma, believes the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus will raise the standard of Serie A.
Mia Hamm, who is on the board of directors at Roma, believes the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus will raise the standard of Serie A.
Ronaldo will raise the level of Serie A - Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm, who is on the board of directors at Roma, believes the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus will raise the standard of Serie A.
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not miss the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers after completing the £65 million record transfer of Alisson. Alisson said he made the move to Anfield from Roma to take an ‘upward step’ in his career. Klopp acknowledged the size of the fee – the most ever paid for a goalkeeper – but felt his club had to act. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Klopp. “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. “It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now. “He has a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup. “We got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.” Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million? Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £53.8m, with a further £9m in add-ons based on Premier League and European success. Alisson’s first club in Brazil, Internacional, received £2.2m from the deal. “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,” said Alisson. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. “You can be certain that I’ll give my all.” Liverpool have already moved to recoup some of the cost, agreeing a £12.5m deal with Leicester for Wales international Danny Ward. Liverpool have also guaranteed 20 per cent of any future sale of the keeper. Ward has left Liverpool to chase first team football while Karius will likely end up a backup to Alisson Credit: GETTY IMAGES Leicester’s move for Ward means Kasper Schmeichel is facing an uncertain future. The club have stressed Ward's anticipated arrival is not to replace the Dane. However, Claude Puel is understood to have clashed with Schmeichel towards the end of last season and Ward could come in as Leicester's No 1. Leicester expect interest in Schmeichel this summer but are under no pressure to sell after the £60m departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. Ward was pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Blackburn on Thursday - where he was set to start - as a move to the King Power Stadium edges closer. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed he had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. That means he has been effectively ruled out of the opening weekend fixture with West Ham as Klopp wants his players to complete a full pre-season. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead. Trent Alexander-Arnold hardly featured for England and should have an earlier start for LIverpool than Henderson Credit: PA But Klopp insisted on Henderson having a break. “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday. “I hope we are in a situation where we don't need to think about using these two (against West Ham). “With Trent I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he's very young I said, 'Okay, have two weeks holiday and then we'll speak and see'. If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in two weeks. But I'm not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long. It will be difficult to involve them against West Ham but I don't want to make that line up today.”
Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool's £65m fee for Alisson: 'It's the market, that's how it is... it’s something we have to do'
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not miss the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers after completing the £65 million record transfer of Alisson. Alisson said he made the move to Anfield from Roma to take an ‘upward step’ in his career. Klopp acknowledged the size of the fee – the most ever paid for a goalkeeper – but felt his club had to act. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Klopp. “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. “It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now. “He has a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup. “We got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.” Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million? Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £53.8m, with a further £9m in add-ons based on Premier League and European success. Alisson’s first club in Brazil, Internacional, received £2.2m from the deal. “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,” said Alisson. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. “You can be certain that I’ll give my all.” Liverpool have already moved to recoup some of the cost, agreeing a £12.5m deal with Leicester for Wales international Danny Ward. Liverpool have also guaranteed 20 per cent of any future sale of the keeper. Ward has left Liverpool to chase first team football while Karius will likely end up a backup to Alisson Credit: GETTY IMAGES Leicester’s move for Ward means Kasper Schmeichel is facing an uncertain future. The club have stressed Ward's anticipated arrival is not to replace the Dane. However, Claude Puel is understood to have clashed with Schmeichel towards the end of last season and Ward could come in as Leicester's No 1. Leicester expect interest in Schmeichel this summer but are under no pressure to sell after the £60m departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. Ward was pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Blackburn on Thursday - where he was set to start - as a move to the King Power Stadium edges closer. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed he had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. That means he has been effectively ruled out of the opening weekend fixture with West Ham as Klopp wants his players to complete a full pre-season. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead. Trent Alexander-Arnold hardly featured for England and should have an earlier start for LIverpool than Henderson Credit: PA But Klopp insisted on Henderson having a break. “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday. “I hope we are in a situation where we don't need to think about using these two (against West Ham). “With Trent I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he's very young I said, 'Okay, have two weeks holiday and then we'll speak and see'. If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in two weeks. But I'm not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long. It will be difficult to involve them against West Ham but I don't want to make that line up today.”
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not miss the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers after completing the £65 million record transfer of Alisson. Alisson said he made the move to Anfield from Roma to take an ‘upward step’ in his career. Klopp acknowledged the size of the fee – the most ever paid for a goalkeeper – but felt his club had to act. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Klopp. “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. “It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now. “He has a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup. “We got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.” Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million? Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £53.8m, with a further £9m in add-ons based on Premier League and European success. Alisson’s first club in Brazil, Internacional, received £2.2m from the deal. “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,” said Alisson. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. “You can be certain that I’ll give my all.” Liverpool have already moved to recoup some of the cost, agreeing a £12.5m deal with Leicester for Wales international Danny Ward. Liverpool have also guaranteed 20 per cent of any future sale of the keeper. Ward has left Liverpool to chase first team football while Karius will likely end up a backup to Alisson Credit: GETTY IMAGES Leicester’s move for Ward means Kasper Schmeichel is facing an uncertain future. The club have stressed Ward's anticipated arrival is not to replace the Dane. However, Claude Puel is understood to have clashed with Schmeichel towards the end of last season and Ward could come in as Leicester's No 1. Leicester expect interest in Schmeichel this summer but are under no pressure to sell after the £60m departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. Ward was pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Blackburn on Thursday - where he was set to start - as a move to the King Power Stadium edges closer. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed he had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. That means he has been effectively ruled out of the opening weekend fixture with West Ham as Klopp wants his players to complete a full pre-season. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead. Trent Alexander-Arnold hardly featured for England and should have an earlier start for LIverpool than Henderson Credit: PA But Klopp insisted on Henderson having a break. “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday. “I hope we are in a situation where we don't need to think about using these two (against West Ham). “With Trent I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he's very young I said, 'Okay, have two weeks holiday and then we'll speak and see'. If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in two weeks. But I'm not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long. It will be difficult to involve them against West Ham but I don't want to make that line up today.”
Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool's £65m fee for Alisson: 'It's the market, that's how it is... it’s something we have to do'
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not miss the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers after completing the £65 million record transfer of Alisson. Alisson said he made the move to Anfield from Roma to take an ‘upward step’ in his career. Klopp acknowledged the size of the fee – the most ever paid for a goalkeeper – but felt his club had to act. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Klopp. “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. “It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now. “He has a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup. “We got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.” Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million? Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £53.8m, with a further £9m in add-ons based on Premier League and European success. Alisson’s first club in Brazil, Internacional, received £2.2m from the deal. “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,” said Alisson. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. “You can be certain that I’ll give my all.” Liverpool have already moved to recoup some of the cost, agreeing a £12.5m deal with Leicester for Wales international Danny Ward. Liverpool have also guaranteed 20 per cent of any future sale of the keeper. Ward has left Liverpool to chase first team football while Karius will likely end up a backup to Alisson Credit: GETTY IMAGES Leicester’s move for Ward means Kasper Schmeichel is facing an uncertain future. The club have stressed Ward's anticipated arrival is not to replace the Dane. However, Claude Puel is understood to have clashed with Schmeichel towards the end of last season and Ward could come in as Leicester's No 1. Leicester expect interest in Schmeichel this summer but are under no pressure to sell after the £60m departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. Ward was pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Blackburn on Thursday - where he was set to start - as a move to the King Power Stadium edges closer. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed he had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. That means he has been effectively ruled out of the opening weekend fixture with West Ham as Klopp wants his players to complete a full pre-season. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead. Trent Alexander-Arnold hardly featured for England and should have an earlier start for LIverpool than Henderson Credit: PA But Klopp insisted on Henderson having a break. “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday. “I hope we are in a situation where we don't need to think about using these two (against West Ham). “With Trent I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he's very young I said, 'Okay, have two weeks holiday and then we'll speak and see'. If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in two weeks. But I'm not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long. It will be difficult to involve them against West Ham but I don't want to make that line up today.”
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not miss the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers after completing the £65 million record transfer of Alisson. Alisson said he made the move to Anfield from Roma to take an ‘upward step’ in his career. Klopp acknowledged the size of the fee – the most ever paid for a goalkeeper – but felt his club had to act. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Klopp. “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. “It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now. “He has a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup. “We got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.” Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million? Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £53.8m, with a further £9m in add-ons based on Premier League and European success. Alisson’s first club in Brazil, Internacional, received £2.2m from the deal. “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,” said Alisson. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. “You can be certain that I’ll give my all.” Liverpool have already moved to recoup some of the cost, agreeing a £12.5m deal with Leicester for Wales international Danny Ward. Liverpool have also guaranteed 20 per cent of any future sale of the keeper. Ward has left Liverpool to chase first team football while Karius will likely end up a backup to Alisson Credit: GETTY IMAGES Leicester’s move for Ward means Kasper Schmeichel is facing an uncertain future. The club have stressed Ward's anticipated arrival is not to replace the Dane. However, Claude Puel is understood to have clashed with Schmeichel towards the end of last season and Ward could come in as Leicester's No 1. Leicester expect interest in Schmeichel this summer but are under no pressure to sell after the £60m departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. Ward was pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Blackburn on Thursday - where he was set to start - as a move to the King Power Stadium edges closer. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed he had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. That means he has been effectively ruled out of the opening weekend fixture with West Ham as Klopp wants his players to complete a full pre-season. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead. Trent Alexander-Arnold hardly featured for England and should have an earlier start for LIverpool than Henderson Credit: PA But Klopp insisted on Henderson having a break. “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday. “I hope we are in a situation where we don't need to think about using these two (against West Ham). “With Trent I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he's very young I said, 'Okay, have two weeks holiday and then we'll speak and see'. If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in two weeks. But I'm not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long. It will be difficult to involve them against West Ham but I don't want to make that line up today.”
Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool's £65m fee for Alisson: 'It's the market, that's how it is... it’s something we have to do'
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not miss the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers after completing the £65 million record transfer of Alisson. Alisson said he made the move to Anfield from Roma to take an ‘upward step’ in his career. Klopp acknowledged the size of the fee – the most ever paid for a goalkeeper – but felt his club had to act. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Klopp. “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. “It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now. “He has a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup. “We got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.” Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million? Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £53.8m, with a further £9m in add-ons based on Premier League and European success. Alisson’s first club in Brazil, Internacional, received £2.2m from the deal. “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,” said Alisson. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. “You can be certain that I’ll give my all.” Liverpool have already moved to recoup some of the cost, agreeing a £12.5m deal with Leicester for Wales international Danny Ward. Liverpool have also guaranteed 20 per cent of any future sale of the keeper. Ward has left Liverpool to chase first team football while Karius will likely end up a backup to Alisson Credit: GETTY IMAGES Leicester’s move for Ward means Kasper Schmeichel is facing an uncertain future. The club have stressed Ward's anticipated arrival is not to replace the Dane. However, Claude Puel is understood to have clashed with Schmeichel towards the end of last season and Ward could come in as Leicester's No 1. Leicester expect interest in Schmeichel this summer but are under no pressure to sell after the £60m departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. Ward was pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Blackburn on Thursday - where he was set to start - as a move to the King Power Stadium edges closer. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed he had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. That means he has been effectively ruled out of the opening weekend fixture with West Ham as Klopp wants his players to complete a full pre-season. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead. Trent Alexander-Arnold hardly featured for England and should have an earlier start for LIverpool than Henderson Credit: PA But Klopp insisted on Henderson having a break. “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday. “I hope we are in a situation where we don't need to think about using these two (against West Ham). “With Trent I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he's very young I said, 'Okay, have two weeks holiday and then we'll speak and see'. If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in two weeks. But I'm not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long. It will be difficult to involve them against West Ham but I don't want to make that line up today.”
Roma's Alisson Becker reacts. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg - AS Roma vs FC Barcelona
Roma's Alisson Becker reacts. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File Photo
Liverpool on Thursday signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson from Roma in a world record deal valued at 72.5 million euros by the Italian club.
Liverpool Sign Goalkeeper Alisson in Record 72.5-million-euro Deal
Liverpool on Thursday signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson from Roma in a world record deal valued at 72.5 million euros by the Italian club.
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.
Premier League: Liverpool snap up Roma goalkeeper Alisson in eye-watering 72.5 million deal
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.
The Brazil international will team up once more with his former Roma companion, who was instrumental in sealing the move to Anfield
'What are you waiting for?' - Alisson reveals Salah texts that convinced him to join Liverpool
The Brazil international will team up once more with his former Roma companion, who was instrumental in sealing the move to Anfield
The Brazil international will team up once more with his former Roma companion, who was instrumental in sealing the move to Anfield
'What are you waiting for?' - Alisson reveals Salah texts that convinced him to join Liverpool
The Brazil international will team up once more with his former Roma companion, who was instrumental in sealing the move to Anfield
Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Roma on a six-year contract.
Liverpool sign goalkeeper Alisson in world record deal
Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Roma on a six-year contract.
Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Roma on a six-year contract.
Liverpool sign goalkeeper Alisson in world record deal
Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Roma on a six-year contract.
Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Roma on a six-year contract.
Liverpool sign goalkeeper Alisson in world record deal
Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Roma on a six-year contract.
FILE- In this file photo dated Friday, July 6, 2018, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson reacts after Brazil's Fernandinho scored an own goal, during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia. Liverpool announced Thursday July 19, 2018, the signing of Brazil goalkeeper Alisson from Roma, in the latest big-money purchase by the English club.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)
FILE- In this file photo dated Friday, July 6, 2018, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson reacts after Brazil's Fernandinho scored an own goal, during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia. Liverpool announced Thursday July 19, 2018, the signing of Brazil goalkeeper Alisson from Roma, in the latest big-money purchase by the English club.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)
FILE- In this file photo dated Friday, July 6, 2018, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson reacts after Brazil's Fernandinho scored an own goal, during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia. Liverpool announced Thursday July 19, 2018, the signing of Brazil goalkeeper Alisson from Roma, in the latest big-money purchase by the English club.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Roma stopper Alisson, the Brazilian becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Check out his profile here.
Alisson - player profile
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Roma stopper Alisson, the Brazilian becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Check out his profile here.
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Roma stopper Alisson, the Brazilian becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Check out his profile here.
Alisson - player profile
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Roma stopper Alisson, the Brazilian becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Check out his profile here.
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Roma stopper Alisson, the Brazilian becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Check out his profile here.
Alisson - player profile
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Roma stopper Alisson, the Brazilian becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Check out his profile here.
FILE PHOTO: Roma's Alisson Becker reacts. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool
FILE PHOTO: Roma's Alisson Becker reacts. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Liverpool completed its signing of goalkeeper Alisson Becker on Thursday, the team announced.
Liverpool Signs Alisson Becker From Roma In Record-Setting Deal For Goalkeepers
Liverpool completed its signing of goalkeeper Alisson Becker on Thursday, the team announced.
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not miss the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers after completing the £65 million record transfer of Alisson. Alisson said he made the move to Anfield from Roma to take an ‘upward step’ in his career. Klopp acknowledged the size of the fee – the most ever paid for a goalkeeper – but felt his club had to act. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Klopp. “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. “It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now. “He has a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup. “We got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.” Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million? Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £53.8 million, with a further £9 million in add-ons based on Premier League and European success. Alisson’s first club in Brazil, Internacional, received £2.2 million from the deal. “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,” said Alisson. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. “You can be certain that I’ll give my all.” Liverpool have already moved to recoup some of the cost, agreeing a £12.5 million deal with Leicester for Wales international Danny Ward. Liverpool have also guaranteed 20 per cent of any future sale of the keeper. Ward has left Liverpool to chase first team football while Karius will likely end up a backup to Alisson Credit: GETTY IMAGES Leicester’s move for Ward means Kasper Schmeichel is facing an uncertain future. The club have stressed Ward's anticipated arrival is not to replace the Dane. However, Claude Puel is understood to have clashed with Schmeichel towards the end of last season and Ward could come in as Leicester's No. 1. Leicester expect interest in Schmeichel this summer but are under no pressure to sell after the £60m departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. Ward was pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Blackburn on Thursday - where he was set to start - as a move to the King Power Stadium edges closer. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed he had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. That means he has been effectively ruled out of the opening weekend fixture with West Ham as Klopp wants his players to complete a full pre-season. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead. Trent Alexander-Arnold hardly featured for England and should have an earlier start for LIverpool than Henderson Credit: PA But Klopp insisted on Henderson having a break. “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday. “I hope we are in a situation where we don't need to think about using these two (against West Ham). “With Trent I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he's very young I said, 'Okay, have two weeks holiday and then we'll speak and see'. If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in two weeks. But I'm not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long. It will be difficult to involve them against West Ham but I don't want to make that line up today.”
Liverpool confirm world record £65million signing of Brazil goalkeeper Alisson
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not miss the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers after completing the £65 million record transfer of Alisson. Alisson said he made the move to Anfield from Roma to take an ‘upward step’ in his career. Klopp acknowledged the size of the fee – the most ever paid for a goalkeeper – but felt his club had to act. “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign (one) of the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Klopp. “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. “It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. We are really happy to have him here now. “He has a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup. “We got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.” Alisson to Liverpool: What are his strengths and weaknesses and is he worth £67 million? Liverpool will pay a guaranteed £53.8 million, with a further £9 million in add-ons based on Premier League and European success. Alisson’s first club in Brazil, Internacional, received £2.2 million from the deal. “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,” said Alisson. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. “You can be certain that I’ll give my all.” Liverpool have already moved to recoup some of the cost, agreeing a £12.5 million deal with Leicester for Wales international Danny Ward. Liverpool have also guaranteed 20 per cent of any future sale of the keeper. Ward has left Liverpool to chase first team football while Karius will likely end up a backup to Alisson Credit: GETTY IMAGES Leicester’s move for Ward means Kasper Schmeichel is facing an uncertain future. The club have stressed Ward's anticipated arrival is not to replace the Dane. However, Claude Puel is understood to have clashed with Schmeichel towards the end of last season and Ward could come in as Leicester's No. 1. Leicester expect interest in Schmeichel this summer but are under no pressure to sell after the £60m departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. Ward was pulled out of Liverpool's friendly against Blackburn on Thursday - where he was set to start - as a move to the King Power Stadium edges closer. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed he had to talk Jordan Henderson into taking a full summer holiday after the Liverpool captain asked to report back to training early. Henderson has three weeks off following the World Cup, which means he is not due back to work until August 5. That means he has been effectively ruled out of the opening weekend fixture with West Ham as Klopp wants his players to complete a full pre-season. Trent Alexander-Arnold may be given permission to return a week earlier, partly due to the fact he did not play much in Russia, but also because of his age making fatigue less of a concern in the season ahead. Trent Alexander-Arnold hardly featured for England and should have an earlier start for LIverpool than Henderson Credit: PA But Klopp insisted on Henderson having a break. “It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday. “I hope we are in a situation where we don't need to think about using these two (against West Ham). “With Trent I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he's very young I said, 'Okay, have two weeks holiday and then we'll speak and see'. If you asked Trent he would be good to join us in two weeks. But I'm not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long. It will be difficult to involve them against West Ham but I don't want to make that line up today.”
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson was Brazil’s goalkeeper at the World Cup and now replaces Loris Karius as No 1 at Anfield.
Alisson completes Liverpool move in world-record £65m deal from Roma
Alisson was Brazil’s goalkeeper at the World Cup and now replaces Loris Karius as No 1 at Anfield.
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Alisson completes world record move to Liverpool as Roma goalkeeper joins Reds in deal worth £65m
Everton's bid to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom could be hijacked by Roma, according to the Serie A club's director of football, Monchi.
Roma eyeing-up Everton target Malcom - Monchi
Everton's bid to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom could be hijacked by Roma, according to the Serie A club's director of football, Monchi.
Everton's bid to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom could be hijacked by Roma, according to the Serie A club's director of football, Monchi.
Roma eyeing-up Everton target Malcom - Monchi
Everton's bid to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom could be hijacked by Roma, according to the Serie A club's director of football, Monchi.
Everton's bid to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom could be hijacked by Roma, according to the Serie A club's director of football, Monchi.
Roma eyeing-up Everton target Malcom - Monchi
Everton's bid to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom could be hijacked by Roma, according to the Serie A club's director of football, Monchi.
Liverpool's world record bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson was too good to refuse, according I Giallorossi director of football, Monchi.
Roma chief admits Liverpool's Alisson offer was too good to turn down
Liverpool's world record bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson was too good to refuse, according I Giallorossi director of football, Monchi.
Liverpool's world record bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson was too good to refuse, according I Giallorossi director of football, Monchi.
Roma chief admits Liverpool's Alisson offer was too good to turn down
Liverpool's world record bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson was too good to refuse, according I Giallorossi director of football, Monchi.
Liverpool's world record bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson was too good to refuse, according I Giallorossi director of football, Monchi.
Roma chief admits Liverpool's Alisson offer was too good to turn down
Liverpool's world record bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson was too good to refuse, according I Giallorossi director of football, Monchi.
Despite several months of exit speculation, the Bosnia striker has re-emphasised his happiness in his current surroundings in the Italian capital
Dzeko happy at Roma amid Milan and China transfer talk
Despite several months of exit speculation, the Bosnia striker has re-emphasised his happiness in his current surroundings in the Italian capital
Roma's Alisson Becker reacts. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool
Roma's Alisson Becker reacts. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Despite months of links to the Premier League, Edin Dzeko has re-emphasised his happiness at Roma.
Dzeko happy at Roma and eyeing silverware
Despite months of links to the Premier League, Edin Dzeko has re-emphasised his happiness at Roma.
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 2, 2018 Roma's Alisson Becker reacts REUTERS/Max Rossi
Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 2, 2018 Roma's Alisson Becker reacts REUTERS/Max Rossi
After his official presentation as a Roma player, Justin Kluivert declared his intention to keep on improving at his new club.
Kluivert hoping to emulate Totti at Roma
After his official presentation as a Roma player, Justin Kluivert declared his intention to keep on improving at his new club.
After his official presentation as a Roma player, Justin Kluivert declared his intention to keep on improving at his new club.
Kluivert to follow Totti's example after taking 'big step' with Roma
After his official presentation as a Roma player, Justin Kluivert declared his intention to keep on improving at his new club.
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson world-record deal defended by Roma as ‘right thing’ to do
With Alisson's switch to Liverpool nearing completion, Roma's sporting director faced questions over the club's transfer policy.
Monchi insists Roma remain ambitious as Liverpool close in on Alisson
With Alisson's switch to Liverpool nearing completion, Roma's sporting director faced questions over the club's transfer policy.
The Reds are ready to bolster their goalkeeping ranks by bringing in the Brazil international on a big-money deal from Serie A side Roma
'Alisson a flawless signing for Liverpool' - £67m deal makes perfect sense to Nicol
The Reds are ready to bolster their goalkeeping ranks by bringing in the Brazil international on a big-money deal from Serie A side Roma
Diego Perotti insists Roma can cope as star goalkeeper Alisson prepares to join Liverpool.
Perotti: Roma can cope without Liverpool-bound Alisson
Diego Perotti insists Roma can cope as star goalkeeper Alisson prepares to join Liverpool.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss the entire Premier League season as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury. The Liverpool midfielder sustained multiple ligament damage in the Champions League semi-final against Roma in April. He was injured after a sliding tackle on Roma wing-back Aleksandar Kolarov and underwent surgery. Having refused to offer a timescale for recovery when the injury was sustained, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has now confirmed he is prepared for the 24-year-old’s lengthy absence, suggesting any competitive return during the 2018-19 season would be a “bonus”. It is a shattering revelation for a player who missed the Champions League final and World Cup. Klopp said Oxlade-Chamberlain always knew the severity of the injury but wanted it kept private initially to avoid a downbeat mood at the climax of last season when his team-mates were competing for the Champions League. “It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time,” said Klopp. Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed a very promising first season at Anfield Credit: PA “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that, for Ox, this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab. We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly. “His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Rome – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well. But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him this season it will be a bonus.” Liverpool’s transfer plans have been proceeding accordingly, Klopp’s purchase of two midfielders – Naby Keita and Fabinho – and attacker Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City compensating for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence. These are the players to fill the void left by Chamberlain. There are no plans to add another short-term replacement. Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum ensure there are still plenty of midfield options. Klopp says the strength in depth makes it easier to ease Oxlade-Chamberlain back rather than rush his return. “It is so important – because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons – that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed,” said Klopp. “Ox is completely on board with this approach.” Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Anfield from Arsenal last August for £35 million, and once settled made himself a crowd favourite – demonstrating the potential many felt unfulfilled at The Emirates. He struck two wonder goals against Manchester City in the Premier League and Champions League, and was certain to have started the final but for his injury. He would also most likely have been a starter for Gareth Southgate in Russia. At the time of his operation, Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke of his devastation as he was resigned to a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The Oxlade-Chamberlain disclosure balanced on otherwise encouraging day at Anfield with goalkeeper Alisson close to joining. Klopp will declare himself happy with Liverpool’s transfer business, although he has not yet filled the No 10 jersey vacated by Philippe Coutinho last January. It is conceivable he will not do so in this window. Liverpool ended interest in Nabil Fekir before the World Cup having agreed a fee with Lyon, and despite several erroneous reports since have shown no inclination to revive the deal. Fekir’s move broke down after a medical. Nothing has changed since, suggestions Liverpool wanted to restructure payments incorrect.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expected to miss entire season in huge blow to Liverpool and England
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss the entire Premier League season as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury. The Liverpool midfielder sustained multiple ligament damage in the Champions League semi-final against Roma in April. He was injured after a sliding tackle on Roma wing-back Aleksandar Kolarov and underwent surgery. Having refused to offer a timescale for recovery when the injury was sustained, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has now confirmed he is prepared for the 24-year-old’s lengthy absence, suggesting any competitive return during the 2018-19 season would be a “bonus”. It is a shattering revelation for a player who missed the Champions League final and World Cup. Klopp said Oxlade-Chamberlain always knew the severity of the injury but wanted it kept private initially to avoid a downbeat mood at the climax of last season when his team-mates were competing for the Champions League. “It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time,” said Klopp. Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed a very promising first season at Anfield Credit: PA “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that, for Ox, this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab. We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly. “His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Rome – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well. But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him this season it will be a bonus.” Liverpool’s transfer plans have been proceeding accordingly, Klopp’s purchase of two midfielders – Naby Keita and Fabinho – and attacker Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City compensating for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence. These are the players to fill the void left by Chamberlain. There are no plans to add another short-term replacement. Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum ensure there are still plenty of midfield options. Klopp says the strength in depth makes it easier to ease Oxlade-Chamberlain back rather than rush his return. “It is so important – because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons – that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed,” said Klopp. “Ox is completely on board with this approach.” Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Anfield from Arsenal last August for £35 million, and once settled made himself a crowd favourite – demonstrating the potential many felt unfulfilled at The Emirates. He struck two wonder goals against Manchester City in the Premier League and Champions League, and was certain to have started the final but for his injury. He would also most likely have been a starter for Gareth Southgate in Russia. At the time of his operation, Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke of his devastation as he was resigned to a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The Oxlade-Chamberlain disclosure balanced on otherwise encouraging day at Anfield with goalkeeper Alisson close to joining. Klopp will declare himself happy with Liverpool’s transfer business, although he has not yet filled the No 10 jersey vacated by Philippe Coutinho last January. It is conceivable he will not do so in this window. Liverpool ended interest in Nabil Fekir before the World Cup having agreed a fee with Lyon, and despite several erroneous reports since have shown no inclination to revive the deal. Fekir’s move broke down after a medical. Nothing has changed since, suggestions Liverpool wanted to restructure payments incorrect.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss the entire Premier League season as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury. The Liverpool midfielder sustained multiple ligament damage in the Champions League semi-final against Roma in April. He was injured after a sliding tackle on Roma wing-back Aleksandar Kolarov and underwent surgery. Having refused to offer a timescale for recovery when the injury was sustained, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has now confirmed he is prepared for the 24-year-old’s lengthy absence, suggesting any competitive return during the 2018-19 season would be a “bonus”. It is a shattering revelation for a player who missed the Champions League final and World Cup. Klopp said Oxlade-Chamberlain always knew the severity of the injury but wanted it kept private initially to avoid a downbeat mood at the climax of last season when his team-mates were competing for the Champions League. “It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time,” said Klopp. Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed a very promising first season at Anfield Credit: PA “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that, for Ox, this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab. We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly. “His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Rome – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well. But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him this season it will be a bonus.” Liverpool’s transfer plans have been proceeding accordingly, Klopp’s purchase of two midfielders – Naby Keita and Fabinho – and attacker Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City compensating for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence. These are the players to fill the void left by Chamberlain. There are no plans to add another short-term replacement. Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum ensure there are still plenty of midfield options. Klopp says the strength in depth makes it easier to ease Oxlade-Chamberlain back rather than rush his return. “It is so important – because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons – that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed,” said Klopp. “Ox is completely on board with this approach.” Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Anfield from Arsenal last August for £35 million, and once settled made himself a crowd favourite – demonstrating the potential many felt unfulfilled at The Emirates. He struck two wonder goals against Manchester City in the Premier League and Champions League, and was certain to have started the final but for his injury. He would also most likely have been a starter for Gareth Southgate in Russia. At the time of his operation, Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke of his devastation as he was resigned to a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The Oxlade-Chamberlain disclosure balanced on otherwise encouraging day at Anfield with goalkeeper Alisson close to joining. Klopp will declare himself happy with Liverpool’s transfer business, although he has not yet filled the No 10 jersey vacated by Philippe Coutinho last January. It is conceivable he will not do so in this window. Liverpool ended interest in Nabil Fekir before the World Cup having agreed a fee with Lyon, and despite several erroneous reports since have shown no inclination to revive the deal. Fekir’s move broke down after a medical. Nothing has changed since, suggestions Liverpool wanted to restructure payments incorrect.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expected to miss entire season in huge blow to Liverpool and England
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss the entire Premier League season as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury. The Liverpool midfielder sustained multiple ligament damage in the Champions League semi-final against Roma in April. He was injured after a sliding tackle on Roma wing-back Aleksandar Kolarov and underwent surgery. Having refused to offer a timescale for recovery when the injury was sustained, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has now confirmed he is prepared for the 24-year-old’s lengthy absence, suggesting any competitive return during the 2018-19 season would be a “bonus”. It is a shattering revelation for a player who missed the Champions League final and World Cup. Klopp said Oxlade-Chamberlain always knew the severity of the injury but wanted it kept private initially to avoid a downbeat mood at the climax of last season when his team-mates were competing for the Champions League. “It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time,” said Klopp. Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed a very promising first season at Anfield Credit: PA “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that, for Ox, this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab. We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly. “His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Rome – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well. But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him this season it will be a bonus.” Liverpool’s transfer plans have been proceeding accordingly, Klopp’s purchase of two midfielders – Naby Keita and Fabinho – and attacker Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City compensating for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence. These are the players to fill the void left by Chamberlain. There are no plans to add another short-term replacement. Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum ensure there are still plenty of midfield options. Klopp says the strength in depth makes it easier to ease Oxlade-Chamberlain back rather than rush his return. “It is so important – because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons – that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed,” said Klopp. “Ox is completely on board with this approach.” Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Anfield from Arsenal last August for £35 million, and once settled made himself a crowd favourite – demonstrating the potential many felt unfulfilled at The Emirates. He struck two wonder goals against Manchester City in the Premier League and Champions League, and was certain to have started the final but for his injury. He would also most likely have been a starter for Gareth Southgate in Russia. At the time of his operation, Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke of his devastation as he was resigned to a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The Oxlade-Chamberlain disclosure balanced on otherwise encouraging day at Anfield with goalkeeper Alisson close to joining. Klopp will declare himself happy with Liverpool’s transfer business, although he has not yet filled the No 10 jersey vacated by Philippe Coutinho last January. It is conceivable he will not do so in this window. Liverpool ended interest in Nabil Fekir before the World Cup having agreed a fee with Lyon, and despite several erroneous reports since have shown no inclination to revive the deal. Fekir’s move broke down after a medical. Nothing has changed since, suggestions Liverpool wanted to restructure payments incorrect.
Liverpool’s bold and expensive effort to bridge the gap to Manchester City has been stepped up with the world-record £67 million deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson. The 25-year-old is scheduled to undergo a Melwood medical on Thursday, after agreeing personal terms on a six-year contract. With ­agreement on all sides, only the ­formalities stand between ­Liverpool unveiling Loris Karius’s replacement. Alisson is on holiday after his World Cup efforts for Brazil, but Liverpool feel cautiously optimistic they have their prime summer target now the goalkeeper has spoken to Jurgen Klopp, the manager, and indicated his willingness to join. Chelsea have shown interest, but as of Wednesday only Liverpool’s bid had been accepted. Alisson’s likely arrival will leave Karius considering his future. The German has been demoted upon his return to Melwood, his status diminished after his poor Champions League final performance against Real Madrid. Liverpool's mega bid for Alisson has confirmed end of Loris Karius' spell as number one Klopp will not comment on the Alisson deal until it is complete – there remains caution in the event of rival clubs matching Liverpool’s bid – but he is relishing a different approach to a transfer window this summer without the fear of losing any of his big players. “I am not 100 per cent sure but maybe it is the first year we don’t sell a key player,” he said. “There was always a lot of change, but in both directions. Now it is more in one direction. That is clear. Big teams, successful teams, if you don’t buy it you have to build it. “That means stay together, bring additions in and make the next step. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs “The team and squad is in a really good moment. They know we need the depth in the squad. They know we need the quality and they know that if we win something here then we will win it with 25 players. That is exactly how we feel. I am really looking forward to the season. “I know it will be long and hard and difficult and all that stuff, but if we are lucky with injuries a little bit – and getting one or two penalties at least at Anfield – then it should be OK.” Liverpool’s summer spending will rise beyond £170 million with the Alisson deal. Last January they paid £75 million for Virgil van Dijk, but received £142 million for Philippe Coutinho.
Alisson to have medical ahead of £67m Liverpool move
Liverpool’s bold and expensive effort to bridge the gap to Manchester City has been stepped up with the world-record £67 million deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson. The 25-year-old is scheduled to undergo a Melwood medical on Thursday, after agreeing personal terms on a six-year contract. With ­agreement on all sides, only the ­formalities stand between ­Liverpool unveiling Loris Karius’s replacement. Alisson is on holiday after his World Cup efforts for Brazil, but Liverpool feel cautiously optimistic they have their prime summer target now the goalkeeper has spoken to Jurgen Klopp, the manager, and indicated his willingness to join. Chelsea have shown interest, but as of Wednesday only Liverpool’s bid had been accepted. Alisson’s likely arrival will leave Karius considering his future. The German has been demoted upon his return to Melwood, his status diminished after his poor Champions League final performance against Real Madrid. Liverpool's mega bid for Alisson has confirmed end of Loris Karius' spell as number one Klopp will not comment on the Alisson deal until it is complete – there remains caution in the event of rival clubs matching Liverpool’s bid – but he is relishing a different approach to a transfer window this summer without the fear of losing any of his big players. “I am not 100 per cent sure but maybe it is the first year we don’t sell a key player,” he said. “There was always a lot of change, but in both directions. Now it is more in one direction. That is clear. Big teams, successful teams, if you don’t buy it you have to build it. “That means stay together, bring additions in and make the next step. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs “The team and squad is in a really good moment. They know we need the depth in the squad. They know we need the quality and they know that if we win something here then we will win it with 25 players. That is exactly how we feel. I am really looking forward to the season. “I know it will be long and hard and difficult and all that stuff, but if we are lucky with injuries a little bit – and getting one or two penalties at least at Anfield – then it should be OK.” Liverpool’s summer spending will rise beyond £170 million with the Alisson deal. Last January they paid £75 million for Virgil van Dijk, but received £142 million for Philippe Coutinho.
Alisson's prospective switch to Liverpool from Roma cannot come soon enough for Graeme Souness after Loris Karius' high-profile errors.
Liverpool need a top goalkeeper - Souness
Alisson's prospective switch to Liverpool from Roma cannot come soon enough for Graeme Souness after Loris Karius' high-profile errors.
With his future believed to be at Liverpool, Alisson left what seems to be a farewell message for Roma supporters.
Alisson thanks Roma fans ahead of rumoured Liverpool switch
With his future believed to be at Liverpool, Alisson left what seems to be a farewell message for Roma supporters.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Phil Noble
FILE PHOTO: Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Phil Noble
The goalkeeper is expected to fly to Liverpool where he will complete a £67 million deal to join the Anfield club
‘It’s time for a new adventure’ - Alisson confirms Roma departure
The goalkeeper is expected to fly to Liverpool where he will complete a £67 million deal to join the Anfield club
Liverpool has reportedly agreed to an $87.4 million deal with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Player and club have reportedly agreed to a five-year contract.
Report: Liverpool agrees to world-record deal with Roma for GK Alisson
Liverpool has reportedly agreed to an $87.4 million deal with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Player and club have reportedly agreed to a five-year contract.
Liverpool has reportedly agreed to an $87.4 million deal with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Player and club have reportedly agreed to a five-year contract.
Report: Liverpool agrees to world-record deal with Roma for GK Alisson
Liverpool has reportedly agreed to an $87.4 million deal with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Player and club have reportedly agreed to a five-year contract.
Alisson to Liverpool transfer done subject to medical as Chelsea miss out on AS Roma goalkeeper
Alisson to Liverpool transfer done subject to medical as Chelsea miss out on AS Roma goalkeeper
Alisson to Liverpool transfer done subject to medical as Chelsea miss out on AS Roma goalkeeper
Alisson to Liverpool transfer done subject to medical as Chelsea miss out on AS Roma goalkeeper
Alisson to Liverpool transfer done subject to medical as Chelsea miss out on AS Roma goalkeeper
Alisson to Liverpool transfer done subject to medical as Chelsea miss out on AS Roma goalkeeper
Alisson, who started all of Brazil’s games at the World Cup, is set to replace Loris Karius as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Liverpool sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson for world-record £66.9m fee
Alisson, who started all of Brazil’s games at the World Cup, is set to replace Loris Karius as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Liverpool sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson for world-record £66.9m fee
Liverpool sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson for world-record £66.9m fee
Liverpool sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson for world-record £66.9m fee
Liverpool sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson for world-record £66.9m fee
Liverpool sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson for world-record £66.9m fee
Liverpool sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson for world-record £66.9m fee
The Reds have offered in excess of $84 million to make the Brazilian the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
Report: Liverpool agrees to terms for Roma keeper Alisson
The Reds have offered in excess of $84 million to make the Brazilian the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
The Reds have offered in excess of $84 million to make the Brazilian the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
Report: Liverpool agrees to terms for Roma keeper Alisson
The Reds have offered in excess of $84 million to make the Brazilian the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
Alisson, who started all of Brazil’s games at the World Cup, is set to replace Loris Karius as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Liverpool close on world-record deal for Alisson as Roma accept £66.9m offer
Alisson, who started all of Brazil’s games at the World Cup, is set to replace Loris Karius as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Liverpool close on world-record deal for Alisson as Roma accept £66.9m offer
Liverpool close on world-record deal for Alisson as Roma accept £66.9m offer
Liverpool close on world-record deal for Alisson as Roma accept £66.9m offer
Liverpool close on world-record deal for Alisson as Roma accept £66.9m offer
Liverpool close on world-record deal for Alisson as Roma accept £66.9m offer
Liverpool close on world-record deal for Alisson as Roma accept £66.9m offer
Liverpool have been searching for a new goal-keeper for quite some time and now they have identified AS Roma's Alisson Becker as their main target. As per reports, the Reds could break the bank with a £62 mn offer for the Brazilian. If Liverpool do manage to sign the player, then they could mount a serious title challenge for the 2018-19 season.
Premier League: With Alisson bid, are Liverpool title favorites?
Liverpool have been searching for a new goal-keeper for quite some time and now they have identified AS Roma's Alisson Becker as their main target. As per reports, the Reds could break the bank with a £62 mn offer for the Brazilian. If Liverpool do manage to sign the player, then they could mount a serious title challenge for the 2018-19 season.
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool transfer news: Alisson offer accepted by Roma as world-record deal nears completion
Liverpool have agreed a deal worth £67 million with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson as the Brazilian edges closer to Anfield. It is now up to the 25-year-old to join Jurgen Klopp or wait to see if Chelsea match the Kop bid. Liverpool have permission to meet the 25-year-old to discuss personal terms. No medical is scheduled yet. Liverpool are awaiting the response of the Brazil international before pressing ahead with the world record deal for a goalkeeper. They are aware of interest from other clubs, but only Liverpool have met Roma’s valuation at this stage. Liverpool hope their long-term interest in the keeper – they first tried to sign him in January – will give them the upper hand should Chelsea decide to match the valuation. Karius received criticism for mistakes made during the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images Alisson has been Klopp’s number one target all summer – as first reported by Telegraph Sport on May 27 - the situation growing in urgency after Loris Karius’ calamitous Champions League final performance. Karius received severe criticism after two errors gifted Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale goals in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League final win in May. Klopp was already considering a new goalkeeper before that poor performance. Now it looks like he has his man, although Liverpool will want the formalities complete before declaring victory in pursuit of one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the world. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs
Liverpool agree deal worth £67m with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson
Liverpool have agreed a deal worth £67 million with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson as the Brazilian edges closer to Anfield. It is now up to the 25-year-old to join Jurgen Klopp or wait to see if Chelsea match the Kop bid. Liverpool have permission to meet the 25-year-old to discuss personal terms. No medical is scheduled yet. Liverpool are awaiting the response of the Brazil international before pressing ahead with the world record deal for a goalkeeper. They are aware of interest from other clubs, but only Liverpool have met Roma’s valuation at this stage. Liverpool hope their long-term interest in the keeper – they first tried to sign him in January – will give them the upper hand should Chelsea decide to match the valuation. Karius received criticism for mistakes made during the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images Alisson has been Klopp’s number one target all summer – as first reported by Telegraph Sport on May 27 - the situation growing in urgency after Loris Karius’ calamitous Champions League final performance. Karius received severe criticism after two errors gifted Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale goals in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League final win in May. Klopp was already considering a new goalkeeper before that poor performance. Now it looks like he has his man, although Liverpool will want the formalities complete before declaring victory in pursuit of one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the world. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs
Liverpool agree deal worth £67m with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson
Liverpool agree deal worth £67m with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson
Liverpool agree deal worth £67m with Roma for goalkeeper Alisson
If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one. Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week. Until such time the formalities are complete, Ward is Anfield's first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend, but given the events of the last 24 hours it is highly unlikely he will start the season. If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £67 million deal for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing. Jurgen Klopp has been supportive of his German keeper, not only in the immediate aftermath of his terrible Champions League final performance, but upon his return to pre-season training. He was hardly going to endorse a public hanging of his goalkeeper post-Kiev. But such backing is never unconditional. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem of Liverpool's goalkeeping endures Credit: Getty Images Liverpool hoped Karius would deliver a positive message when he returned from his summer break. That he would get back to Melwood with a belligerent attitude, prepared to take on the world and prove the Champions League Final an aberration. That he would prove himself mentally and technically ready to deal with the hyper-critical, forensic examination of his performances. Liverpool wanted to see icy steel. What they saw was the wistful ‘Blue Steel’ stare of Derek Zoolander in one of those Instagram posts. Much more significantly - far more worrying - what they saw was another dreadful error in a pre-season game. Instead of swelling confidence perceptions could be reversed sooner rather than later, Liverpool experienced a harrowing preview of what is in store if they persist with the 25-year-old. The mockery of League Two fans has been comical but embarrassing during the club’s first warm-up games. Even though it has been more teasing than aggressive, palpable edginess provoked the mistake against Tranmere Rovers last week. In isolation, a shocker in a meaningless game deserves passing reference. In context, it is another sign of an unsustainable situation that can only be fixed longer-term – and certainly not before August 11. Karius must repair his reputation and his career, but Liverpool cannot afford to risk losing points during his restoration. Imagine the hostility of Selhurst Park during the first away fixture - Monday Night Football - next month? Imagine it at every away venue? Naby Keita and Fabinho have been welcome signings as Jurgen Klopp strengthens his squad Credit: Getty Images Imagine the incredulity of The Kop during any home game where Karius is unconvincing? For three years, Klopp and Liverpool’s recruiters have spent big and well to address several flaws in their team. When Klopp arrived in October 2015, the team had scored more than one goal in just one of their previous ten games. That has been remedied with the most lethal front three in Europe last season. A year ago the need for a dominant centre-back led Liverpool to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive in history. The defence was unrecognisable from January. Midfield reinforcement has arrived in Fabinho, and although the search for a number ten continues, Naby Keita should add some of the trickery and guile lost when Philippe Coutinho was sold. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs Only unreliable goalkeeping is a weakness. Klopp has known it for a while – his switching between Simon Mignolet betrayed his thoughts as much as the first move for Alisson last January. Liverpool are paying an extraordinary price to correct a problem which, in truth, has lingered since Pepe Reina left – and even his last three seasons were poor. Karius is young enough to get over it, but until then his immediate future will include more of those contemplative looks into the distance.
Liverpool's mega bid for Alisson has confirmed end of Loris Karius' spell as Anfield number one
If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one. Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week. Until such time the formalities are complete, Ward is Anfield's first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend, but given the events of the last 24 hours it is highly unlikely he will start the season. If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £67 million deal for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing. Jurgen Klopp has been supportive of his German keeper, not only in the immediate aftermath of his terrible Champions League final performance, but upon his return to pre-season training. He was hardly going to endorse a public hanging of his goalkeeper post-Kiev. But such backing is never unconditional. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem of Liverpool's goalkeeping endures Credit: Getty Images Liverpool hoped Karius would deliver a positive message when he returned from his summer break. That he would get back to Melwood with a belligerent attitude, prepared to take on the world and prove the Champions League Final an aberration. That he would prove himself mentally and technically ready to deal with the hyper-critical, forensic examination of his performances. Liverpool wanted to see icy steel. What they saw was the wistful ‘Blue Steel’ stare of Derek Zoolander in one of those Instagram posts. Much more significantly - far more worrying - what they saw was another dreadful error in a pre-season game. Instead of swelling confidence perceptions could be reversed sooner rather than later, Liverpool experienced a harrowing preview of what is in store if they persist with the 25-year-old. The mockery of League Two fans has been comical but embarrassing during the club’s first warm-up games. Even though it has been more teasing than aggressive, palpable edginess provoked the mistake against Tranmere Rovers last week. In isolation, a shocker in a meaningless game deserves passing reference. In context, it is another sign of an unsustainable situation that can only be fixed longer-term – and certainly not before August 11. Karius must repair his reputation and his career, but Liverpool cannot afford to risk losing points during his restoration. Imagine the hostility of Selhurst Park during the first away fixture - Monday Night Football - next month? Imagine it at every away venue? Naby Keita and Fabinho have been welcome signings as Jurgen Klopp strengthens his squad Credit: Getty Images Imagine the incredulity of The Kop during any home game where Karius is unconvincing? For three years, Klopp and Liverpool’s recruiters have spent big and well to address several flaws in their team. When Klopp arrived in October 2015, the team had scored more than one goal in just one of their previous ten games. That has been remedied with the most lethal front three in Europe last season. A year ago the need for a dominant centre-back led Liverpool to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive in history. The defence was unrecognisable from January. Midfield reinforcement has arrived in Fabinho, and although the search for a number ten continues, Naby Keita should add some of the trickery and guile lost when Philippe Coutinho was sold. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs Only unreliable goalkeeping is a weakness. Klopp has known it for a while – his switching between Simon Mignolet betrayed his thoughts as much as the first move for Alisson last January. Liverpool are paying an extraordinary price to correct a problem which, in truth, has lingered since Pepe Reina left – and even his last three seasons were poor. Karius is young enough to get over it, but until then his immediate future will include more of those contemplative looks into the distance.
If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one. Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week. Until such time Liverpool sign a new keeper, Ward is Anfield's first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend. If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £62 million offer dispatched to Stadio Olimpico for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing. Jurgen Klopp has been supportive of his German keeper, not only in the immediate aftermath of his terrible Champions League final performance, but upon his return to pre-season training. He was hardly going to endorse a public hanging of his goalkeeper post-Kiev. But such backing is never unconditional. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem of Liverpool's goalkeeping endures Credit: Getty Images Liverpool hoped Karius would deliver a positive message when he returned from his summer break. That he would get back to Melwood with a belligerent attitude, prepared to take on the world and prove the Champions League Final an aberration. That he would prove himself mentally and technically ready to deal with the hyper-critical, forensic examination of his performances. Liverpool wanted to see icy steel. What they saw was the wistful ‘Blue Steel’ stare of Derek Zoolander in one of those Instagram posts. Much more significantly - far more worrying - what they saw was another dreadful error in a pre-season game. Instead of swelling confidence perceptions could be reversed sooner rather than later, Liverpool experienced a harrowing preview of what is in store if they persist with the 25-year-old. The mockery of League Two fans has been comical but embarrassing during the club’s first warm-up games. Naby Keita and Fabinho have been welcome signings as Jurgen Klopp strengthens his squad Credit: Getty Images Even though it has been more teasing than aggressive, palpable edginess provoked the mistake against Tranmere Rovers last week. In isolation, a shocker in a meaningless game deserves passing reference. In context, it is another sign of an unsustainable situation that can only be fixed longer-term – and certainly not before August 11. Karius must repair his reputation and his career, but Liverpool cannot afford to risk losing points during his restoration. Imagine the hostility of Selhurst Park during the first away fixture - Monday Night Football - next month? Imagine it at every away venue? Imagine the incredulity of The Kop during any home game where Karius is unconvincing? For three years, Klopp and Liverpool’s recruiters have spent big and well to address several flaws in their team. When Klopp arrived in October 2015, the team had scored more than one goal in just one of their previous ten games. That has been remedied with the most lethal front three in Europe last season. A year ago the need for a dominant centre-back led Liverpool to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive in history. The defence was unrecognisable from January. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs Midfield reinforcement has arrived in Fabinho, and although the search for a number ten continues, Naby Keita should add some of the trickery and guile lost when Philippe Coutinho was sold. Only unreliable goalkeeping is a weakness. Klopp has known it for a while – his switching between Simon Mignolet betrayed his thoughts as much as the first move for Alisson last January. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem endures. Until Chelsea are out of the race for the Roma keeper, nothing should be taken for granted. But the extraordinary price Liverpool are prepared to pay demonstrates Karius latest spell as Anfield number one is over. He is young enough to get over it, but until then his immediate future will include more of those contemplative looks into the distance.
Liverpool agree £67m Alisson fee with Roma - confirming end of Loris Karius' spell as Anfield number one
If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one. Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week. Until such time Liverpool sign a new keeper, Ward is Anfield's first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend. If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £62 million offer dispatched to Stadio Olimpico for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing. Jurgen Klopp has been supportive of his German keeper, not only in the immediate aftermath of his terrible Champions League final performance, but upon his return to pre-season training. He was hardly going to endorse a public hanging of his goalkeeper post-Kiev. But such backing is never unconditional. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem of Liverpool's goalkeeping endures Credit: Getty Images Liverpool hoped Karius would deliver a positive message when he returned from his summer break. That he would get back to Melwood with a belligerent attitude, prepared to take on the world and prove the Champions League Final an aberration. That he would prove himself mentally and technically ready to deal with the hyper-critical, forensic examination of his performances. Liverpool wanted to see icy steel. What they saw was the wistful ‘Blue Steel’ stare of Derek Zoolander in one of those Instagram posts. Much more significantly - far more worrying - what they saw was another dreadful error in a pre-season game. Instead of swelling confidence perceptions could be reversed sooner rather than later, Liverpool experienced a harrowing preview of what is in store if they persist with the 25-year-old. The mockery of League Two fans has been comical but embarrassing during the club’s first warm-up games. Naby Keita and Fabinho have been welcome signings as Jurgen Klopp strengthens his squad Credit: Getty Images Even though it has been more teasing than aggressive, palpable edginess provoked the mistake against Tranmere Rovers last week. In isolation, a shocker in a meaningless game deserves passing reference. In context, it is another sign of an unsustainable situation that can only be fixed longer-term – and certainly not before August 11. Karius must repair his reputation and his career, but Liverpool cannot afford to risk losing points during his restoration. Imagine the hostility of Selhurst Park during the first away fixture - Monday Night Football - next month? Imagine it at every away venue? Imagine the incredulity of The Kop during any home game where Karius is unconvincing? For three years, Klopp and Liverpool’s recruiters have spent big and well to address several flaws in their team. When Klopp arrived in October 2015, the team had scored more than one goal in just one of their previous ten games. That has been remedied with the most lethal front three in Europe last season. A year ago the need for a dominant centre-back led Liverpool to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive in history. The defence was unrecognisable from January. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs Midfield reinforcement has arrived in Fabinho, and although the search for a number ten continues, Naby Keita should add some of the trickery and guile lost when Philippe Coutinho was sold. Only unreliable goalkeeping is a weakness. Klopp has known it for a while – his switching between Simon Mignolet betrayed his thoughts as much as the first move for Alisson last January. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem endures. Until Chelsea are out of the race for the Roma keeper, nothing should be taken for granted. But the extraordinary price Liverpool are prepared to pay demonstrates Karius latest spell as Anfield number one is over. He is young enough to get over it, but until then his immediate future will include more of those contemplative looks into the distance.
If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one. Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week. Until such time the formalities are complete, Ward is Anfield's first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend, but given the events of the last 24 hours it is highly unlikely he will start the season. If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £67 million deal for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing. Jurgen Klopp has been supportive of his German keeper, not only in the immediate aftermath of his terrible Champions League final performance, but upon his return to pre-season training. He was hardly going to endorse a public hanging of his goalkeeper post-Kiev. But such backing is never unconditional. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem of Liverpool's goalkeeping endures Credit: Getty Images Liverpool hoped Karius would deliver a positive message when he returned from his summer break. That he would get back to Melwood with a belligerent attitude, prepared to take on the world and prove the Champions League Final an aberration. That he would prove himself mentally and technically ready to deal with the hyper-critical, forensic examination of his performances. Liverpool wanted to see icy steel. What they saw was the wistful ‘Blue Steel’ stare of Derek Zoolander in one of those Instagram posts. Much more significantly - far more worrying - what they saw was another dreadful error in a pre-season game. Instead of swelling confidence perceptions could be reversed sooner rather than later, Liverpool experienced a harrowing preview of what is in store if they persist with the 25-year-old. The mockery of League Two fans has been comical but embarrassing during the club’s first warm-up games. Even though it has been more teasing than aggressive, palpable edginess provoked the mistake against Tranmere Rovers last week. In isolation, a shocker in a meaningless game deserves passing reference. In context, it is another sign of an unsustainable situation that can only be fixed longer-term – and certainly not before August 11. Karius must repair his reputation and his career, but Liverpool cannot afford to risk losing points during his restoration. Imagine the hostility of Selhurst Park during the first away fixture - Monday Night Football - next month? Imagine it at every away venue? Naby Keita and Fabinho have been welcome signings as Jurgen Klopp strengthens his squad Credit: Getty Images Imagine the incredulity of The Kop during any home game where Karius is unconvincing? For three years, Klopp and Liverpool’s recruiters have spent big and well to address several flaws in their team. When Klopp arrived in October 2015, the team had scored more than one goal in just one of their previous ten games. That has been remedied with the most lethal front three in Europe last season. A year ago the need for a dominant centre-back led Liverpool to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive in history. The defence was unrecognisable from January. Midfield reinforcement has arrived in Fabinho, and although the search for a number ten continues, Naby Keita should add some of the trickery and guile lost when Philippe Coutinho was sold. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs Only unreliable goalkeeping is a weakness. Klopp has known it for a while – his switching between Simon Mignolet betrayed his thoughts as much as the first move for Alisson last January. Liverpool are paying an extraordinary price to correct a problem which, in truth, has lingered since Pepe Reina left – and even his last three seasons were poor. Karius is young enough to get over it, but until then his immediate future will include more of those contemplative looks into the distance.
Liverpool's mega bid for Alisson has confirmed end of Loris Karius' spell as Anfield number one
If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one. Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week. Until such time the formalities are complete, Ward is Anfield's first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend, but given the events of the last 24 hours it is highly unlikely he will start the season. If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £67 million deal for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing. Jurgen Klopp has been supportive of his German keeper, not only in the immediate aftermath of his terrible Champions League final performance, but upon his return to pre-season training. He was hardly going to endorse a public hanging of his goalkeeper post-Kiev. But such backing is never unconditional. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem of Liverpool's goalkeeping endures Credit: Getty Images Liverpool hoped Karius would deliver a positive message when he returned from his summer break. That he would get back to Melwood with a belligerent attitude, prepared to take on the world and prove the Champions League Final an aberration. That he would prove himself mentally and technically ready to deal with the hyper-critical, forensic examination of his performances. Liverpool wanted to see icy steel. What they saw was the wistful ‘Blue Steel’ stare of Derek Zoolander in one of those Instagram posts. Much more significantly - far more worrying - what they saw was another dreadful error in a pre-season game. Instead of swelling confidence perceptions could be reversed sooner rather than later, Liverpool experienced a harrowing preview of what is in store if they persist with the 25-year-old. The mockery of League Two fans has been comical but embarrassing during the club’s first warm-up games. Even though it has been more teasing than aggressive, palpable edginess provoked the mistake against Tranmere Rovers last week. In isolation, a shocker in a meaningless game deserves passing reference. In context, it is another sign of an unsustainable situation that can only be fixed longer-term – and certainly not before August 11. Karius must repair his reputation and his career, but Liverpool cannot afford to risk losing points during his restoration. Imagine the hostility of Selhurst Park during the first away fixture - Monday Night Football - next month? Imagine it at every away venue? Naby Keita and Fabinho have been welcome signings as Jurgen Klopp strengthens his squad Credit: Getty Images Imagine the incredulity of The Kop during any home game where Karius is unconvincing? For three years, Klopp and Liverpool’s recruiters have spent big and well to address several flaws in their team. When Klopp arrived in October 2015, the team had scored more than one goal in just one of their previous ten games. That has been remedied with the most lethal front three in Europe last season. A year ago the need for a dominant centre-back led Liverpool to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive in history. The defence was unrecognisable from January. Midfield reinforcement has arrived in Fabinho, and although the search for a number ten continues, Naby Keita should add some of the trickery and guile lost when Philippe Coutinho was sold. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs Only unreliable goalkeeping is a weakness. Klopp has known it for a while – his switching between Simon Mignolet betrayed his thoughts as much as the first move for Alisson last January. Liverpool are paying an extraordinary price to correct a problem which, in truth, has lingered since Pepe Reina left – and even his last three seasons were poor. Karius is young enough to get over it, but until then his immediate future will include more of those contemplative looks into the distance.
If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one. Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week. Until such time the formalities are complete, Ward is Anfield's first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend, but given the events of the last 24 hours it is highly unlikely he will start the season. If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £67 million deal for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing. Jurgen Klopp has been supportive of his German keeper, not only in the immediate aftermath of his terrible Champions League final performance, but upon his return to pre-season training. He was hardly going to endorse a public hanging of his goalkeeper post-Kiev. But such backing is never unconditional. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem of Liverpool's goalkeeping endures Credit: Getty Images Liverpool hoped Karius would deliver a positive message when he returned from his summer break. That he would get back to Melwood with a belligerent attitude, prepared to take on the world and prove the Champions League Final an aberration. That he would prove himself mentally and technically ready to deal with the hyper-critical, forensic examination of his performances. Liverpool wanted to see icy steel. What they saw was the wistful ‘Blue Steel’ stare of Derek Zoolander in one of those Instagram posts. Much more significantly - far more worrying - what they saw was another dreadful error in a pre-season game. Instead of swelling confidence perceptions could be reversed sooner rather than later, Liverpool experienced a harrowing preview of what is in store if they persist with the 25-year-old. The mockery of League Two fans has been comical but embarrassing during the club’s first warm-up games. Even though it has been more teasing than aggressive, palpable edginess provoked the mistake against Tranmere Rovers last week. In isolation, a shocker in a meaningless game deserves passing reference. In context, it is another sign of an unsustainable situation that can only be fixed longer-term – and certainly not before August 11. Karius must repair his reputation and his career, but Liverpool cannot afford to risk losing points during his restoration. Imagine the hostility of Selhurst Park during the first away fixture - Monday Night Football - next month? Imagine it at every away venue? Naby Keita and Fabinho have been welcome signings as Jurgen Klopp strengthens his squad Credit: Getty Images Imagine the incredulity of The Kop during any home game where Karius is unconvincing? For three years, Klopp and Liverpool’s recruiters have spent big and well to address several flaws in their team. When Klopp arrived in October 2015, the team had scored more than one goal in just one of their previous ten games. That has been remedied with the most lethal front three in Europe last season. A year ago the need for a dominant centre-back led Liverpool to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive in history. The defence was unrecognisable from January. Midfield reinforcement has arrived in Fabinho, and although the search for a number ten continues, Naby Keita should add some of the trickery and guile lost when Philippe Coutinho was sold. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs Only unreliable goalkeeping is a weakness. Klopp has known it for a while – his switching between Simon Mignolet betrayed his thoughts as much as the first move for Alisson last January. Liverpool are paying an extraordinary price to correct a problem which, in truth, has lingered since Pepe Reina left – and even his last three seasons were poor. Karius is young enough to get over it, but until then his immediate future will include more of those contemplative looks into the distance.
Liverpool's mega bid for Alisson has confirmed end of Loris Karius' spell as Anfield number one
If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one. Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week. Until such time the formalities are complete, Ward is Anfield's first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend, but given the events of the last 24 hours it is highly unlikely he will start the season. If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £67 million deal for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing. Jurgen Klopp has been supportive of his German keeper, not only in the immediate aftermath of his terrible Champions League final performance, but upon his return to pre-season training. He was hardly going to endorse a public hanging of his goalkeeper post-Kiev. But such backing is never unconditional. Until the Alisson deal is done the problem of Liverpool's goalkeeping endures Credit: Getty Images Liverpool hoped Karius would deliver a positive message when he returned from his summer break. That he would get back to Melwood with a belligerent attitude, prepared to take on the world and prove the Champions League Final an aberration. That he would prove himself mentally and technically ready to deal with the hyper-critical, forensic examination of his performances. Liverpool wanted to see icy steel. What they saw was the wistful ‘Blue Steel’ stare of Derek Zoolander in one of those Instagram posts. Much more significantly - far more worrying - what they saw was another dreadful error in a pre-season game. Instead of swelling confidence perceptions could be reversed sooner rather than later, Liverpool experienced a harrowing preview of what is in store if they persist with the 25-year-old. The mockery of League Two fans has been comical but embarrassing during the club’s first warm-up games. Even though it has been more teasing than aggressive, palpable edginess provoked the mistake against Tranmere Rovers last week. In isolation, a shocker in a meaningless game deserves passing reference. In context, it is another sign of an unsustainable situation that can only be fixed longer-term – and certainly not before August 11. Karius must repair his reputation and his career, but Liverpool cannot afford to risk losing points during his restoration. Imagine the hostility of Selhurst Park during the first away fixture - Monday Night Football - next month? Imagine it at every away venue? Naby Keita and Fabinho have been welcome signings as Jurgen Klopp strengthens his squad Credit: Getty Images Imagine the incredulity of The Kop during any home game where Karius is unconvincing? For three years, Klopp and Liverpool’s recruiters have spent big and well to address several flaws in their team. When Klopp arrived in October 2015, the team had scored more than one goal in just one of their previous ten games. That has been remedied with the most lethal front three in Europe last season. A year ago the need for a dominant centre-back led Liverpool to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive in history. The defence was unrecognisable from January. Midfield reinforcement has arrived in Fabinho, and although the search for a number ten continues, Naby Keita should add some of the trickery and guile lost when Philippe Coutinho was sold. Premier League summer transfer window ins and outs Only unreliable goalkeeping is a weakness. Klopp has known it for a while – his switching between Simon Mignolet betrayed his thoughts as much as the first move for Alisson last January. Liverpool are paying an extraordinary price to correct a problem which, in truth, has lingered since Pepe Reina left – and even his last three seasons were poor. Karius is young enough to get over it, but until then his immediate future will include more of those contemplative looks into the distance.

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