Klopp could make Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper in the world
The fact that Loris Karius missed (or missed) twice in May not only (perhaps) cost Liverpool the Champions League trophy; it also put the Roma in a much better negotiating position.
Alisson Becker was Jürgen Klopp’s designated new number one not only after the bitter bankruptcy in Kiev. But Karius’ mistake turned “Liverpool will Alisson” into “Liverpool needs Alisson”. And Liverpool’s location seemed to become even more hopeless when suddenly (of all things) Real intervened.
However, it never became concrete with the Madrileneans, because Real did not even make representations to the Roma. Unlike Klopp, the Reds are said to have sent a 70 million offer to the Eternal City on Tuesday. Additional premiums can make it 80. And since Real is on the verge of the Courtois coup, the way is clear for Liverpool.
Klopp must already agree with Alisson, only the Roma insist on another five million euros; also because Liverpool received England’s footballer of the year Mohamed Salah last summer for a comparatively low sum. However, they say that the deal will no longer fail, making Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. The 25-year-old replaces Gianluigi Buffon, who moved from Parma to Turin in 2001 for 53 million euros.
Also means: Karius is now a reservist again. Klopp backed the German goalkeeper, who had held his own in the duel with Simon Mignolet of Belgium last season, even after his recent mistake in the test at Tranmere; however, Karius has to stand in line against Alisson.