Liverpool confirm world record £65million signing of Brazil goalkeeper Alisson

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In a deal worth £65million (€72.8m), Klopp has massively strengthened the weakest part of his team and allayed fears that Loris Karius or Danny Ward would start the season as the club's no.1.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says clubs will be "collecting the bones" of overworked players as the global calendar places more demands on teams already struggling to cope with a hectic domestic schedule. This year there was the chance.

"But no, at the moment we have three outstanding goalkeepers and two very young and very talented goalkeepers but we need that, so I'm happy about that".

However, Liverpool have secured his services ahead of the new season by tabling a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.

If Liverpool's £75m outlay for a central defender came as a shock, their newly set record for a goalkeeper is truly stunning.

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Initially a back-up to his brother, Muriel, Alisson made his senior debut in February 2013. The 2015 season saw Alisson finally establish himself in the starting XI (keeping 15 clean sheets in 26 league appearances) and indeed make his global bow with Brazil in a World Cup qualification match against Venezuela.

The Brazilian also revealed a text conversation he had with former Roma team-mate Mohamed Salah as he was finalising his move to Liverpool, with the Egyptian asking what was taking so long.

"I saw him today for the first time live and in colour at Melwood", he said to Sky Sports News".

Revealing the Anfield atmosphere during Liverpool's thrilling 5-2 Champions League semi-final first leg win over Roma had helped make up his mind, Alisson said: "That game definitely did have an influence but I also watched other games". A concussion test carried out after the final proved the German had been suffering from a concussion but it hasn't stopped Jurgen Klopp pursuing Alisson.

Alisson's underlying goalkeeping statistics bring to mind David de Gea's excellent performances for Manchester United last season.

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Roma confirmed on Thursday that the Brazil global stands to earn the Giallorossi up to €72.5million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

"He needs to adapt to the English Premier League, that's how it is. We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League in April]", Alisson told Liverpool official website.

"If you get a good keeper who is comfortable in playing the ball out and into nice little pockets, then being confident to pass it, that's why they are staring to rise in price".

Liverpool FC will be looking to at least challenge for the Premier League title next season after they finished in fourth place in the table and without a trophy last term. A passing accuracy of 79% was over 10% better than Karius's success rate, too.

That is undeniably true, and fans will soon see just how good their latest signing can be.

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