The 15 most expensive goalkeepers ever as Liverpool break world record on Alisson Becker

Alisson has landed at Liverpool (Picture: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Liverpool have really treated themselves this transfer window having broken the world record fee for a goalkeeper on Alisson.

The Brazilian stopper has been brought in from Roma for £66.8m, nearly doubling the previous record for a transfer fee spent on a goalkeeper.

With Alisson’s arrival in the Premier League, the English top flight now boasts six of the 10 most expensive keepers of all time.

Taking into account the exchange rates at the times of the transfers, here are the 15 most expensive goalkeepers ever…

15. Ivan Pelizzoli – £10.6m

Atalanta to Roma in 2001

Remember Ivan Pelizzoli? (Picture: Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT)14. Jan Oblak – £12.6m

Benfica to Atletico Madrid in 2014

Jan Oblak has become one of the world’s most sought after stoppers (Picture: Getty Images)13. Sebastien Frey – £12.8m

Inter to Parma in 2001

Sebastian Frey in his prime with Parma (Picture: Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT)12. Angelo Peruzzi – £12.8m

Inter to Lazio in 2000

Angelo Peruzzi played for a number of Serie A’s biggest sides (Picture: Getty Images)11. Samir Handanovic – £15.8m

Udinese to Inter in 2012

Samir Handanovic has been Inter No.1 since 2012 (Picture: Getty Images)10. Claudio Bravo – £17m

Barcelona to Man City in 2016

Claudio Bravo was probably not worth the cash (Picture: Getty Images)9. Francesco Toldo – £17.75m

Fiorentina to Inter in 2001

Francesco Toldo won 28 caps for Italy (Picture: Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT)8. David de Gea – £18m

Atletico Madrid to Man Utd in 2011

David de Gea would cost an awful lot more now (Picture: Getty Images)7. Manuel Neuer – £18m

Schalke 04 to Bayern Munich in 2011

Manuel Neuer was cheap at the price (Picture: Getty Images)6. Bernd Leno – £19.2m

Bayer Leverkusen to Arsenal in 2018

Bernd Leno is set to replace Petr Cech at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)5. Alex Meret – £19.6m

Udinese to Napoli in 2018

Alex Meret is one of the brightest young keepers in the game (Picture: Getty Images)4. Jordan Pickford – £25m

Sunderland to Everton in 2017

Jordan Pickford proved his worth at the World Cup (Picture: Getty Images)3. Gianluigi Buffon – £33m

Parma to Juventus in 2001

Gianluigi Buffon is still going strong at 40-years-old (Picture: Getty Images).2. Ederson – £35m

Benfica to Man City in 2017

Ederson has been a great signing for Man City (Picture: Getty Images)1. Alisson – £66.8m

Roma to Liverpool in 2018

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When does the transfer window close and the Premier League start?

Chelsea’s new signing Jorginho with new head coach Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)The World Cup may have only just come to an end but we are right around the corner from the start of the Premier League season.

There is little rest for the Premier League stars that reached the World Cup final who have less than four weeks until they are back in action.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris, Dejan Lovren and N’Golo Kante will have to recover very quickly.

So when does the Premier League get back underway and when does the transfer window slam shut?

Naby Keita has arrived at Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)The 2018/19 Premier League season starts on Friday, August 10 with Manchester United hosting Leicester at Old Trafford.

There are then six games on Saturday and three more on Sunday, completing the opening weekend.

Premier League | Opening Day Fixtures

Friday 10 August

Man Utd vs. Leicester

Saturday 11 August

Newcastle vs. Spurs

Bournemouth vs. Cardiff

Fulham vs. Crystal Palace

Huddersfield vs. Chelsea

Watford vs. Brighton

Wolves vs. Everton

Sunday 12 August

Liverpool vs. West Ham

Southampton vs. Burnley

Arsenal vs. Man City

Fixtures to be played on on the weekend of August 11

Lucas Torreira has joined Arsenal (Picture: Getty)When does the transfer window close?

Thanks to new rules put in place by the Premier League, the transfer window will close much earlier than normal as clubs wanted it to coincide with the start of the season.

Therefore, the transfer window closes at 5pm BST on Thursday, 9 August 2018.

Fred will be on show at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty Images)It used to be much closer to the end of August that the transfer window would close, and that remains the case across Europe.

In Spain, Italy, France and Germany, the transfer deadline remains on 31 August, as it will in Scotland.

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Liverpool set to sign Manchester United and Chelsea target Ki-Jana Hoever

Ki-Jana Hoever is set to secure a move to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are confident of completing a deal for Ajax wonderkid Ki-Jana Hoever, according to reports.

Hoever is yet to make his first-team debut for Ajax but the 16-year-old defender is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in the Dutch outfit’s academy.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have all registered an interest in Hoever but it’s understood the highly-rated full-back is set to join Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Goal suggests the youngster will join up with Liverpool’s academy ahead of the 2018/19 campaign after he rejected the advances of several other clubs.

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While Hoever will first play with the Under-18 side, the Dutchman is expected to progress to the Under-23s in the near future.

Ajax have been desperate to tie Hoever down on a new contract, but the teenager now has his heart set on a move to Merseyside.

Ki-Jana Hoever dreams of playing for Jurgen Klopp’s first-team (Picture: Getty)

Naby Keita and Fabinho have joined the Reds this summer (Picture: Getty)Liverpool completed the signing of England Under-17 starlet Bobby Duncan last month and have also added Fabinho and Naby Keita to their ranks in recent weeks.

Fabinho has revealed that United were interested in signing him before he secured a switch to Anfield.

‘I was never close to signing for Manchester United, no,’ the Brazilian told FourFourTwo magazine.

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‘I heard things said about it, but the truth is it was never a strong possibility.

‘I won’t deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was never an official offer from United.’

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho tells friends he’s keen on Xherdan Shaqiri

Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri (Picture: Getty)Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly weighing up a move for Stoke City star Xherdan Shaqiri.

Shaqiri has scored 15 goals in 92 appearances for Stoke since joining the club back in 2015 but the 26-year-old winger will leave the Potters after they were relegated from the Premier League.

Reports suggest Liverpool have held talks with Shaqiri over a £12million move to Anfield but it’s understood the Reds will have competition from bitter rivals United this summer.

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According to The Sun, Mourinho was keeping an eye on Shaqiri’s displays at the World Cup before Switzerland were eliminated at the hands of Sweden in their last-16 clash.

It’s claimed Mourinho has even told close friends that he’s keen on the former Bayern Munich man.

Jose Mourinho has told his friends that he likes the Swiss midfielder (Picture: Getty)Shaqiri confirmed earlier this week that he will leave Stoke this summer, but stressed that he plans on remaining in England.

‘I want to stay in the Premier League and you will find out my new club soon,’ the Switzerland international said.

Amid speculation linking him with Liverpool, Shaqiri admitted that the chance to play at Anfield was appealing.

Asked what he thought of Liverpool’s iconic stadium last month, Shaqiri chuckled before replying: ‘The Anfield stadium is great certainly.

‘But why are you talking about Liverpool?’

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Shaqiri is tied into a deal at the bet365 Stadium until the summer of 2020.

Liverpool signing Fabinho reveals how close he came to joining Manchester United

Manchester United were keen on signing Fabinho (Picture: Getty)Liverpool new boy Fabinho has revealed that Manchester United were interested in signing him but admits a move to Old Trafford was never close.

Fabinho, 24, became Liverpool’s first signing of the summer when he completed a £43million switch to Anfield at the end of May, with Jurgen Klopp determined to bring in reinforcements in midfield.

Naby Keita soon joined former Monaco man on Merseyside as the Reds look to bolster their squad ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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Fabinho was also linked with Liverpool’s bitter rivals, United, and the midfielder has lifted the lid on negotiations the Red Devils held over a possible move.

‘I was never close to signing for Manchester United, no,’ the Brazilian told FourFourTwo magazine.

Fabinho became Liverpool’s first signing of the summer (Picture: Getty)‘I heard things said about it, but the truth is it was never a strong possibility.

‘I won’t deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was never an official offer from United.’

The Brazilian has begun pre-season training with the Reds (Picture: Getty)Fabinho claimed that he had his heart set on Liverpool after discovering that they held an interest in him.

He added: ‘As soon as Liverpool declared their interest in signing me, it was a simple decision to make.

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‘A club with Liverpool’s history wants you? Come on, you just pack your bags and go.

‘It will be an honour to wear the famous red shirt.’

Manchester United submit offer to sign Nabil Fekir ahead of Liverpool

Nabil Fekir has received an offer to join Manchester United. (Getty Images)Manchester United have submitted an offer to sign Nabil Fekir ahead of Liverpool, according to reports in France.

The Lyon midfielder was on the brink of moving to Anfield earlier this month before Liverpool pulled the plug on the £53 million deal.

Liverpool’s reservations stemmed from the cruciate ligament injury Fekir suffered in September 2015 as the 24-year-old required two operations on his right knee inside the space of 12 months.

According to Le Progres, Liverpool had attempted to lower Fekir’s asking price by €5m (£4.4m) following the midfielder’s medical but Lyon refused to budge from their valuation.

The report claims that Fekir has since received offers from other clubs – one of which being Manchester United.

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Last week, Fekir’s agent claimed that the Lyon midfielder’s move to Liverpool ‘is not finished’.

‘Why hasn’t he signed? Because it is not finished. The story is not finished,’ Jean-Pierre Bernes said.

Fekir, meanwhile, has dismissed suggestions that his knee injury poses a risk to clubs wanting to sign him.

‘My knee is super-good,’ he said.

‘We work a lot on it, we reinforce it. But I honestly feel like before my injury.’

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool target Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son

Heung-Min Son is wanted by Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal. (AFP/Getty Images)Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son, according to reports.

The 25-year-old has impressed at Spurs since his £22 move from Bayer Leverkusen nearly three years ago, scoring 47 goals in 139 appearances for the club.

Jose Mourinho is in the market for a new attacking option with Anthony Martial pushing to leave United this summer, while Jurgen Klopp is also looking to bolster his squad ahead of the new season.

According to Sport1, United, Liverpool and Arsenal all have Son on their summer shortlist.

And the report claims that the South Korea international is open to leaving Tottenham this summer.

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But Spurs hold a strong hand in negotiations as the midfielder still has two years remaining on his contract, and Sport1 claim that the club will demand at least €70 million (£62m) for the player.

Son is currently with South Korea’s squad at the World Cup and is preparing for his nation’s final game group game against Germany on Wednesday.

South Korea still have a slim chance of reaching the last-16 after losing their matches against Sweden and Mexico but they require a victory over Germany.

Earlier this year, reports claimed that Tottenham were ready to offer Son a new contract and an improvement on his current £60,000-a-week deal.

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World Cup fans celebrate BBC decision to mute Phil Neville’s view on VAR after France beat Australia

Joshua Risdon’s foul on Antoine Griezmann resulted in a penalty for France (Picture: Getty)Football fans celebrated the BBC’s ‘decision’ to mute Phil Neville with the former Manchester United defender ready to launch into a rant against VAR.

The controversial system helped award France the penalty which broke the deadlock in Saturday’s Group C opening game between France and Australia.

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Referee Andres Cunha’s original decision not to penalise Joshua Risdon for a foul on Antoine Griezmann was overturned and the Atletico Madrid forward converted the resulting penalty.

Mile Jedinak drew the Socceroos level almost immediately afterwards with a spot kick of his own, before Paul Pogba stole the win for an underwhelming France side with a deflected lob 10 minutes from full time.

VAR correctly awarded a penalty to France (Picture: Getty)

Paul Pogba scored France’s winning goal with 10 minutes remaining (Picture: Getty)Afterwards, Neville, now the manager of the England women’s national team, was asked for his opinion on VAR but was cut short after declaring he ‘wasn’t a fan’ of the system, despite its implementation resulting in a correct decision.

Having been subjected to the complaints of co-commentator Mark Lawrenson for 90 minutes it came as blessed relief for most onlookers when the screen went blank with Neville in full Luddite mode…

Phil Neville’s analysis of VAR is the worst thing I’ve ever heard
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Jose Mourinho sends warning to Russia over Egypt star Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah is expected to be available when Egypt face Russia (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has warned Russia’s players to be wary of the threat of ‘one of the fastest players in the world’ Mohamed Salah.

Russia kicked off the World Cup with an impressive 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Group A but the hosts will come up against stiffer competition in Egypt on Tuesday evening.

Egypt’s talisman Salah was a serious doubt for the start of the tournament following his shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

However, the forward starts on the bench for Egypt’s opening match with Uruguay and should be primed for the clash with Russia at the Krestovsky Stadium.

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Asked about Russia’s chances versus Egypt, Mourinho told RT: ‘Egypt has – I don’t want to say the fastest – but I have to say one of fastest players in the world.

With the ball and without the ball he can dribble and he can attack spaces behind defenders.

‘I think Russia they have to drop the block back and they have to react better when they lose the ball because they concede a little bit against a very naive team [Saudi Arabia], a team without any physical power.

‘Egypt can hurt them. It might sound like a contradiction but I don’t think Russia can score many goals… and I’m saying this after a 5-0.

‘But I don’t think they can score many goals against good teams so I think they cannot concede many goals if they want to get good results.

‘For me, the game against Egypt is the crucial match of the group. If not, they need to go to the last match against Uruguay searching for points.’

Aleksandr Golovin was Russia’s standout player in Moscow (Picture: Getty)Mourinho was particularly impressed with Aleksandr Golovin’s performance for Russia against Saudi Arabia.

‘The manager changed the team in relation to the match I watched in Austria. He played with a back four, which is normal against a team like Saudi,’ he said after Russia’s win.

‘I think Alan Dzagoev was playing quite well but when he came out, the fact that Golovin could go to a more central position, I think it helped the team.

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‘The team became better. Golovin is a playmaker, he’s a player that gives the dynamic of the team.

‘Denis Cheryshev is a fast boy on the wing, more of a winger than Golovin, stretch the game more than Golovin, so I think the change worked perfectly.’

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Jose Mourinho furious with Premier League over Liverpool’s favourable fixture list

The Portuguese coach believes the Merseysiders have an unfair advantage (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho is furious with the Premier League for giving Liverpool a more favourable series of fixtures than Manchester United following Champions League matches, according to reports.

The Merseysiders will play each of their Premier League matches directly proceeding their six Champions League group games at home, while the rest of their rivals – United, Man City and Tottenham – have an even split of three away and three at home.

While Pep Guardiola and Maurico Pochettino are said to be unconcerned by the situation, The Times report that Mourinho is angry with the Premier League and their decision-making process.

Liverpool will be at home after every Champions League group match next season (Picture: Getty)He does not believe the disparity is fair and intends to brings up the issue during the season, having made frequent complaints about scheduling over the course of previous seasons.

Liverpool will play Southampton, Man City, Cardiff, Fulham, Everton and – in a particularly ironic twist – Man United at home in the domestic games directly proceeding Champions League nights.

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By contrast, only United’s first three Champions League games will be followed by a home match in the Premier League, against Wolves, Newcastle and Everton.

However, the subsequent three will see United travel to the Etihad to take on champions Man City, St Mary’s to take on Southampton and Anfield to face Liverpool.

United face away trips to the Etihad and Anfield following Champions League involvement (Getty)United do at least get to kick-off the new Premier League season at home when Leicester City visit Old Trafford on August 11, before an away trip to Brighton and then another home match against Spurs.

Mourinho – who has already made two signings this summer – is currently in Moscow for the World Cup and is acting as a pundit for Russian broadcaster RT.

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