Alisson reveals message from Mohamed Salah about Liverpool transfer

Alisson completed his move to Liverpool for £68.8m. (Getty Images)Alisson has revealed that Mohamed Salah got in touch with him shortly before his move to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side completed a £68.8 million deal with Roma on Thursday to sign the Brazil international, who has become the world’s most-expensive goalkeeper.

Salah, meanwhile, already has experience of having Alisson as a teammate as the pair played together at Roma before the Egyptian made the move to Liverpool last year.

And Liverpool’s latest signing admits Salah was keen for him to join Anfield.

‘We didn’t have that much contact after he left Roma,’ Alisson told Liverpool’s official website.

‘We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League last season].

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‘Yesterday, he sent me a message saying: ‘Hey, what are you waiting for?’ As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straight away saying: ‘Calm down, I’m on my way!’

‘I’m really happy to have the opportunity to play alongside him again.

Alisson is set to become Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper. (Getty Images)‘As well as being a great player, he is a huge character and a great person – which is the most important thing.

‘To be with these great people and players day to day is fantastic for me.’

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Jurgen Klopp rates chances of Nabil Fekir transfer after Liverpool sign Alisson

Nabil Fekir was wanted by Liverpool this summer. (BPI/REX/Shutterstock)Jurgen Klopp has given a clear indication that Liverpool will not resurrect their deal to sign Nabil Fekir before the transfer window closes.

On Thursday, Liverpool completed their fourth signing of the summer with the £66.8 million deal for Alisson, which is a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

Fekir, meanwhile, came close to joining Liverpool last month but Jurgen Klopp’s side pulled the plug on the £53m deal they had in place with Lyon.

Liverpool had expressed concerns over the midfielder’s right knee after he required two operations to heal a cruciate ligament injury.

Lyon had remained open to selling Fekir to Liverpool, and the midfielder hinted to a fan at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on Monday that his move could still be on the cards.

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But Klopp said on Thursday evening that Liverpool are unlikely to sign any more players following Alisson’s arrival from Roma.

‘We have everything we need for the next season, because I don’t think we will do anything more. I’m pretty sure of that,’ said Klopp.

‘We have the squad for now and that’s the most important thing.

Fekir helped France win the World Cup this summer. (Getty Images)‘We were not too bad last year but we had to improve and we tried that on the transfer market.

‘I’m really happy with our signings to be honest, so now let’s use the last few weeks to be as good as possible.’

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Alisson reveals why he chose to join Liverpool despite Chelsea and Real Madrid interest

Alisson joined Liverpool for a world-record fee. (Getty Images)New Liverpool signing Alisson Becker says he is thrilled to have joined the club and has revealed why he opted to move to Anfield despite interest from both Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The Merseysiders made Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper in history by paying Roma £66.8million to sign him, beating off plenty of competition in the process.

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wanted the Brazilian to replace Thibaut Courtois, and reportedly even made a last-ditch phone call to convince him, while Real Madrid were keen before moving for Courtois instead.

But Alisson has revealed one of the reasons why he joined Liverpool was because of the atmosphere he experienced at Anfield during Roma’s Champions League semi-final last season.

‘Yes, in part it did influence the decision,’ Alisson told Liverpool’s official website.

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‘When you make an important decision like this it’s not just a decision to change clubs, it practically changes your entire life, my family’s life, my wife, my daughter.’

The 25-year-old also admits he’s admired Liverpool’s progression under Jurgen Klopp.

‘That game definitely did have an influence but I also watched other games,’ he said.

Alisson has been impressed with Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. (Getty Images)‘I’ve seen other games where I could see the way Klopp had the team playing.

‘That has made me really excited to be part of this group.

‘Apart from the fact that the club is massive, the players that have come through here and the titles won.

‘Hopefully I can play a part in the history being created here, win titles and be a part of the project that has been developed here in the past few years so we can see Liverpool rise once again.’

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Official: Liverpool complete record £66.8m deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson

Alisson has joined Liverpool for a world-record fee. (Getty Images)Liverpool have officially announced the £66.8million signing of Roma star Alisson Becker, who becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

The Brazilian, who cut short his post-World Cup holiday in Sardinia and flew to Liverpool to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms, has signed a six-year deal with the Merseysiders.

Despite Jurgen Klopp’s public insistence that he still had faith in Loris Karius after his Champions League final errors, Liverpool made signing an established, world-class keeper one of their top priorities this summer.

Alisson fought off competition from Ederson to claim the Brazil No.1 shirt (Picture: Getty)Alisson was always their No.1 target, and Klopp was prepared to wait to land the Brazilian after initially fearing that he would join Real Madrid.

The transfer fee represents the biggest ever for a goalkeeper, smashing the £35m Manchester City paid for Ederson last summer, while it also the second highest fee Liverpool have paid behind the £75m spent on Virgil van Dijk in January.

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Alisson helped Roma secure third spot in Serie A last season and conceded just 28 times in 38 appearances, making more saves than any other keeper in Italy.

His performances earned him a place in Tite’s starting XI at the World Cup ahead of Ederson, and he played in all five of the Selecao’s matches in Russia.

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Alisson becomes Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer, after Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, taking the Reds’ expenditure to £176m.

Simon Mignolet is expected to leave Anfield in the coming weeks to make way for Alisson, with Karius staying on as the Brazilian’s No.2 despite his mistakes in the Champions League final.

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Charlie Adam slams Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri for ‘never turning up’ at Stoke City

 

Shaqiri has been heavily criticised for his role in Stoke’s relegation. (Picture: Getty)New Liverpool signing Xherdan Shaqiri ‘never turned up’ when he was needed most at Stoke City, according to former teammate Charlie Adam.

Having been repeatedly linked with a move to Anfield over the years, Shaqiri finally arrived at what he described as ‘the biggest stage in football’ in June for a reported fee of £13.5m.

The Switzerland international, who is still on holiday after his country’s World Cup campaign in Russia, immediately returned to the Premier League following Stoke’s relegation from the top flight last season.

Signing Shaqiri, Stoke’s one-time record signing after his arrival from Inter Milan in 2015, has been seen as a smart piece of business by most.

But Adam has now singled him out as one of the group of players who were ‘getting away with murder’ during the Potters’ doomed 2017-18 season.

Adam feels Shaqiri and certain others were given preferential treatment. (Picture: Getty)‘Was he one of them? Oh definitely,’ Adam told talkSPORT.

‘When the chips are down you look at your big players, you want your big players to bring magic in one moment in the season, and at times we felt like the so-called big players in the squad never turned up for us and never performed.

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‘Yeah, everybody else could help, but for all the plaudits the so-called bigger players were getting from certain members of the management staff last season – they weren’t producing.’

Shaqiri is one of three confirmed summer recruits at Liverpool this summer having joined midfield duo Fabinho and Naby Keita on the red half of Merseyside.

 

The trio are expected to be soon joined by goalkeeper Alisson, who will join the Reds for a new world record fee for a goalkeeper.

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How Liverpool’s world record Alisson deal could also wreck Everton’s pursuit of Malcom

Roma have joined Everton in the race to sign Malcom. (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s record signing of Roma goalkeeper Alisson also appears set to derail Everton’s hopes of making what would be one of their most exciting transfers of the summer.

New Toffees manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands are said to have agreed over a number of transfer targets but the club are still to make a single addition to their squad.

That looked to be changing earlier this week with reports claiming the club had entered talks with Bordeaux winger Malcom, who was linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United during the January transfer window.

L’Equipe reported a £36m deal could be finalised by the end of the week. But interest from a Roma side now flush with cash appears to have dealt a detrimental blow to Everton’s hopes of landing the Brazilian.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Roma sporting director Monchi confirmed Alisson will join Liverpool for £66.8m – a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Alisson’s move to Liverpool will leave Roma with money to burn. (Picture: Getty)The Serie A side have already had a busy summer having made a host of first-team additions but this latest injection of cash gives the club the opportunity to bring in more recruits.

Following reports linking his client with a move to the Italian capital, Malcom’s agent confirmed Roma’s interest on Thursday morning, adding the 21-year-old would favour a move to Serie A.

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‘In the next few hours I will have contact with Monchi,’ Fernando Garcia told TeleRadioStereo. ‘The player would like to come to Italy.’

Following those comments, Roma’s transfer guru Monchi was inevitably quizzed on Malcom during a press conference held to officially unveil another summer signing in Dutch talent Justin Kluivert.

Roma sporting director Monchi appeared to confirm interest in the Brazilian. (Picture: Getty)While stopping short of confirming talks, his comments suggested the Bordeaux star is firmly in his sights.

‘You asked me, is [Javier] Pastore impossible? He sat here with me. You asked me about Kluivert. Here he is, next to me.

‘Today you ask me about Malcom… Roma have a project. Surely strong players will come.’

With the player favouring a move to Italy and with Roma set for a huge cash windfall to finance a move, Everton’s hopes of securing a deal for the Brazilian now appear slim.

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Roma sporting director confirms Alisson is joining Liverpool in world-record deal

The Brazilian will become the most expensive goalkeeper in history (Picture: Getty)Roma sporting director Monchi has confirmed that Alisson Becker will be announced as a Liverpool player imminently after the club accepted a record £66.8million bid.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has cut short his post-World Cup holiday in Sardinia and flown to Liverpool to undergo a medical, while he will also pen terms on a six-year contract with the Merseysiders.

Alisson’s transfer fee shatters the previous record for a goalkeeper – the £35m Manchester City paid for Ederson – and Monchi admits the offer was too good to turn down.

Alisson took a private jet from Sardinia to Liverpool on Wednesday evening (Picture: Getty)He told reporters: ‘Alisson’s Liverpool deal will be official soon. They made a world-record bid for a goalkeeper and we decided to sell him.

‘We haven’t finalised anything yet [with Alisson’s medical still to come]. But it is true that the negotiations are advanced and he’s over in Liverpool now.

‘When a very substantial offer comes in, you have to consider it. We weighed up the pros and cons and decided to speak to Liverpool.’

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He added: ‘Selling Alisson does not show a lack of ambition. For me, ambition is about doing the right thing after thinking everything through.’

Alisson conceded just 28 goals in 38 appearances in Serie A last season, as well as earning the No.1 shirt for Brazil during the World Cup, and teammate Diego Perotti admits he will be a huge loss.

He told Sky Italia: ‘He [Alisson] was a really important goalkeeper for us and his rescued a lot of points and games last season, but that is football.

Alisson played against Liverpool in the Champions League, conceding seven times (AFP)‘I will say that a club never acts to damage itself, as every move is made to improve the team overall. We’ll see how it goes at the end of the season.

‘Admittedly, Alisson is a big loss for us, because he’s a great guy, was a strong part of the locker room dynamic and we’re sorry to see him go, but life is like that.’

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How Alisson convinced Liverpool to smash the transfer record for a goalkeeper

Not content with having broken the transfer record for a defender barely six months ago, Liverpool are now on the verge of making Roma shot-stopper Alisson Becker the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Their £66.8million offer, which has been accepted, will double the previous benchmark.

The No.1 jersey has been a problem position for a number of years for Liverpool, going all the way back to the first beginnings of Pepe Reina’s decline. That has been exacerbated under Jurgen Klopp’s reign. First there was Simon Mignolet, who was described as ‘worse than Dracula’ at dealing with crosses by Bruce Grobbelaar.

The Belgian was eventually replaced in the side by Loris Karius, but the former Mainz keeper’s time at Liverpool has already been defined forever by one half of football in Kiev. Liverpool needed an unflappable, undisputed No.1, a world-class talent to show they really mean business. They have found him in Alisson.

WHY DID KARIUS NEED REPLACING?

Karius committed an error leading to a goal every 990 minutes in the Premier League (Picture: EPA)Liverpool had just one real weakness last season: Karius. The German is by no means a bad goalkeeper, but in a sport that is decided by the finest of margins he made enormous, career-defining errors that cost his side both domestically and in Europe. His confidence has been in tatters ever since.

As much as Klopp may insist he still has faith in his compatriot, and despite subsequent medical tests revealing he was suffering from concussion when he committed those instantly infamous mistakes in the Champions League final, Liverpool’s campaign next season was already feeling as though it might be overshadowed and dominated by Karius’ performances.

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‘Yes he could have made that save even though the shot was not easy to deal with. I’ve seen this situation 500 times at least in my life – ‘Bam’, against the chest, [ball] going down. Now Loris concedes that goal but we cannot start the story always after each mistake. Mistakes will happen. I don’t like it, you don’t like it, he doesn’t like it, but they do happen. So let’s carry on and make the best of all these situations to learn from it.’

Every mistake, no matter how small, magnified; any analysis accompanied by footage of the German rolling the ball to Karim Benzema, or being deceived by Gareth Bale’s shot; Klopp continuously being asked to defend his No.1. It started already in pre-season when he spilled a shot against Exeter.

Asked about the scrutiny he faces, Klopp said: ‘Yeah, it will probably happen for a while until he has a few fantastic games. That is how the situation is.’ But committing to rebuilding the wounded psyche of a player who is not, and will likely never be, world-class feels like wasted energy – particularly when you can sign a legitimate superstar…

WHAT MAKES ALISSON SO GOOD?

Alisson conceded seven times in two semi-final legs against Liverpool (Picture: AFP)Just a few months ago, Liverpool did not think Alisson was a realistic target. Roma were ready to charge a ‘Salah tax’, such was their frustration with how cheaply the Merseysiders had landed a player that scored 44 times last season, while Real Madrid seemed to be frontrunners for Alisson’s signature. But when the opportunity arose to sign him, Liverpool pounced.

After initially playing understudy to Wojciech Szczesny at Roma, the Pole’s departure allowed Alisson to take the No.1 shirt in the Italian capital. Manager Eusebio Di Francesco, who arrived that same summer, saw his potential straight away, remarking: ‘I was stunned by his presence and the calmness he brought to the entire team.’

Save percentage 2017/18 (all comps)

Alisson77%Loris Karius65%Simon Mignolet57%

Alisson is a formidable sight between the sticks, possessing a huge frame and lightning-quick reflexes, and he frustrated plenty of Serie A strikers last season. According to Opta statistics, Alisson made the second most saves of any goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues last season, while his save percentage (79.3%) was behind only Manchester United’s David de Gea (80.3%) and Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak (82.7%).

More impressively still, based on Expected Goals (xG) – a metric that assesses the quality of chances created and conceded – Alisson conceded 10 fewer goals than would have been expected relative to the quality of chances given up. Only De Gea tops that, with a 13.8 difference between xG conceded and actual goals conceded. He did not commit a single error that resulted in a goal, either.

PART SHOT-STOPPER, PART PLAYMAKER

Alisson is a thoroughly modern goalkeeper with excellent passing skills (Picture: Getty)As good as Alisson is with his hands, the past few years – and particularly Ederson’s displays for Manchester City last season – have underlined the need for goalkeepers to be good with their feet too. Pep Guardiola quickly saw a need to sign a player who was in tune with his side’s passing philosophy, who could sweep up space behind an aggressively high line and even beat the opposition’s press himself.

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who has himself tried to sign Alisson, summed up Ederson’s skillset perfectly when his Napoli side took on Manchester City last season. Asked to name the Premier League champions’ most dangerous player, he replied: ‘Ederson. I’m being serious, because their goalkeeper didn’t miss a single ball out from the back. He played 50 balls with the defence and got them all right, playing well through our pressing.’

Brazil coach Tite opted to hand Alisson the No.1 jersey ahead of Ederson (Picture: Getty)Alisson – who is ahead of Ederson in the Brazil pecking order and started all of the Selecao’s matches in Russia – does much the same thing. In fact, last season he successfully completed more passes (1082) than compatriot Ederson (928) and played the most accurate long balls of any player at Roma.

That composure and authority on the ball – that sense of serenity – was lacking for Liverpool last season, but Alisson offers both a barrier for stopping attacks, and a platform for starting them too. Throw in the fact that he’s one of the quickest, most alert sweeper keepers off his line, and suddenly £66.8m starts to look like a bargain for a player who both solves Liverpool’s biggest problem and creates new ones for the opposition to solve.

HOW WILL LIVERPOOL LINE UP NEXT SEASON?

While some clubs are still waiting to make a transfer – a penny for Mauricio Pochettino’s thoughts right now – Liverpool have swiftly addressed the problems that hurt them last season. A new goalkeeper, additional midfield competition, and new deals for some of their biggest stars. Liverpool now look a truly fearsome, title-worthy side, and Alisson’s arrival is the final piece of the puzzle. Just imagine if they manage to revive a deal for Nabil Fekir!

Nabil Fekir transfer off the table after Liverpool complete Alisson signing

Nabil Fekir is now unlikely to join Liverpool (Picture: Best Image/Backgrid)The world record signing of Alisson to Liverpool will see the Reds conclude their transfer business this summer, according to reports.

Liverpool fans have been sent into an excited frenzy at the news of Alisson’s impending arrival, but supporters were hoping for one more signing.

Nabil Fekir saw a move to Anfield collapse days before the beginning of the World Cup due to concerns about a past knee injury, but it was suggested Liverpool would resume talks once the tournament was over.

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But the Mirror claim the £67million singing of Alisson will mean the Reds will not resurrect a deal for Fekir.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has repeatedly suggested Liverpool will return for Fekir and admitted the France international is desperate to join the Premier League side.

Liverpool reportedly wanted to restructure the deal for Fekir to reflect their concerns about his knee issue, but Lyon rejected that proposal and talks broke down.

Alisson will cost Liverpool £67million (Picture: AFP)

Fekir won the World Cup with France this summer (Picture: FIFA)

Liverpool pre-season results & fixtures

Chester (A) 0-7

Tranmere (A) 2-3

Bury (A) 0-0

Blackburn Rovers (A) July 19

Borussia Dortmund July 22 (Champions Cup)

Manchester City July 26 (Champions Cup)

Manchester United July 28 (Champions Cup)

Alisson’s arrival will see Liverpool’s spending this summer reach £176m after Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri also joined the club.

Fekir would have been hoping to be the fifth summer signing, but Liverpool have also invested in their current squad by handing Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino new long-term deals.

Sadio Mane is also expected to soon be presented with an improved contract and Jurgen Klopp feels his side’s transfer business is now done.

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Jurgen Klopp is happy with his squad (Picture: Getty)It was confirmed on Wednesday Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would miss the next year of action, but Klopp is confident his squad can cope with the midfielder’s absence without the need of a replacement.

Liverpool continue their pre-season preparations against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Thursday, before flying to America for their US tour at the weekend.

Salah and Liverpool’s other World Cup stars have yet to return for pre-season, but they are expected to be involved in the US tour.

Roberto Firmino and World Cup runner-up Dejan Lovren will not link up with their team-mates for the games in the US.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out for entire Liverpool season

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss Liverpool’s upcoming season. (AMA/Getty Images)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for Liverpool’s upcoming season with Jurgen Klopp claiming that it would be a ‘bonus’ if the midfielder featured at any point during the campaign.

The 24-year-old was ruled out of the Champions League final and England’s World Cup campaign after suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Roma in April.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is already recovering after undergoing surgery but Klopp has revealed that the midfielder did not disclose the severity of his injury as he didn’t want to disrupt his teammates before their Champions League final against Real Madrid.

‘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,’ Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

Oxlade-Chamberlain required surgery after damaging his cruciate ligaments. (EPA)‘We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly.

‘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.

Klopp says he cannot wait to have Oxlade-Chamberlain back. (AFP/Getty Images)‘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.

‘His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Roma – 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 back this season it will be a bonus.

‘I cannot wait to have him back with us for matches, but we will wait for him and we will show the patience that is required to make sure he comes back ready to continue where he left off: as one of the most outstanding performers in European football in that moment.’

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