Why Alisson almost rejected Liverpool and ‘cried’ over £67m transfer

Alisson became the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he joined Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Alisson has revealed he considered turning down Liverpool to stay at Roma in the summer.

The Brazilian had spent two enjoyable years at the Italian club and admits he ‘cried’ once his departure was confirmed.

Liverpool signed Alisson in July for a fee of £67million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

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He has already suggested he was worth the money, however, helping Liverpool storm to the top of the Premier League after seven games.

‘[Staying at Roma] went through my mind a lot because I was so happy,’ he told Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘But when a player decides where to play, it’s a much bigger discussion.

‘I cried a lot, together with my wife. It’s only right that I’m honest about it: I made a professional decision; a step forward in my career and for Roma, who earned a huge sum.

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‘I decided with my head to move to Liverpool, but my heart was full of tears.’

Asked about his time at Roma, Alisson added: ‘I spent two special years in Rome. My daughter was born there and I have a lot of friends there outside of football.

‘I spent two special years in Rome. My daughter was born there and I have a lot of friends there outside of football.’

Alisson enjoyed his spell at Roma (Picture: Getty)After winning their first six league games of the new season, Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea at the weekend.

The Blues appeared to be heading for victory after Eden Hazard continued his fine run with a first-half goal.

But substitute Daniel Sturridge earned the visitors a point with a stunning goal on 89 minutes.

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After the eventful match, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: ‘What a spectacular football game. We had many chances and played fantastic football.

‘Getting a point at Chelsea is always a good result but if we play like that, we will win plenty of games.’

Liverpool continue their Champions League campaign on Wednesday with a trip to Napoli.

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Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco details his revenge plan on Alisson signing for Liverpool

Alisson has joined the Premier League side from Roma (Picture: Getty)Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is desperate to seek revenge on Alisson Becker after he signed for Liverpool.

The Brazilian shotstopper swapped Roma for Merseyside this week in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper, signing a six-year deal.

And while he helped supply some happy memories at the Serie A club, they still want their revenge next season.

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‘We hope to meet him in the Champions League and beat him, like I told him today when he came to say goodbye,’ Di Francesco said.

Alisson played a pivotal part in the Roma side which unexpectedly reached the last four of the Champions League last season.

But despite these happy memories, it didn’t stop Di Francesco looking forwards to eliminating the Reds in next season’s edition of the competition.

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The Champions League fixtures are yet to be announced but both sides are in the competition and currently undergoing preseason before the start of the new club campaign.

Liverpool’s first game of the new Premier League season is against West Ham on August 12.

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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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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.

Klopp on the scrutiny Karius will face this season

‘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!

Alisson speaks out after Liverpool agree £67m deal with Roma

Alisson arrives at Ciampino Airport to catch a flight to England. (ForzaRoma)Roma goalkeeper Alisson is due to arrive in England on Wednesday evening to complete his £67 million move to Liverpool.

After submitting a £62m offer on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp’s side have moved quickly to agree a world-record £67m package with Roma for the Brazil international.

Alisson had been on holiday in Sardinia after Brazil’s World Cup campaign but he has now cut that short to finalise his switch to Anfield.

On Wednesday evening, Alisson boarded a flight from Ciampino Airport to Manchester and will travel from there via a private car to Liverpool.

‘I want say thanks to Roma fans,’ Alisson told ForzaRoma at Ciampino Airport.

‘Now it’s time for a new adventure.’

Liverpool have agreed a £67m deal for Alisson. (TASS via Getty Images)

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Alisson is now due to undergo a medical with Liverpool and the transfer could be finalised by the end of the week.

The 25-year-old, who was also on Chelsea’s shortlist as a potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois, will sign a five-year contract with Liverpool.

Alisson is set to become Liverpool’s fourth arrival of the summer after Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.

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Alisson agent drops major hint Roma star has chosen Liverpool over Chelsea

The Brazilian shot-stopper looks set to swap Serie A for the Premier League (Picture: Getty)The agent of Roma goalkeeper Alisson has got fans very excited by ‘liking’ an Instagram post suggesting the Brazilian will choose to join Liverpool over Chelsea.

According to latest reports, Liverpool have tabled an offer worth £62million for Alisson and the Brazil No.1 has already spoken to Jurgen Klopp about replacing Loris Karius between the sticks at Anfield.

And now eagle-eyed fans have spotted that Alisson’s agent, Ze Maria Neis, liked an Instagram post claiming he would meet with Roma’s board to discuss a move to Liverpool.

Ze Maria Neis’ own Instagram page is littered of pictures of himself with Alisson, while he is followed by the Brazilian’s verified account.

Crucially, the post was from a Liverpool fan account and had a half-and-half picture of Alisson wearing the Merseyside club’s goalkeeper jersey – not Chelsea’s.

Alisson is currently on holiday in Sardinia after his exploits at the World Cup, where he started five games for Brazil, and some fans have even started tracking private jets in the hope one might be Anfield bound.

Although Chelsea are expected to make a rival offer to Roma for Alisson, The Times report that the 25-year-old has already indicated that his preference is to join Liverpool.

The Reds are keen to sign a new No.1, even if they have to smash the record fee for a goalkeeper, after Karius’ errors continued in pre-season.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are bracing themselves for the prospect of losing Thibaut Courtois, who looks set to join Real Madrid as soon as the west Londoners have signed a replacement.

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Alisson decides between Liverpool and Chelsea after £62m bid

Alisson is keen on a move to Liverpool. (TASS via Getty Images)Roma goalkeeper Alisson has picked Liverpool as his preferred destination ahead of Chelsea, according to reports.

Liverpool have submitted a £62 million offer to Roma for the Brazil international as the club step up their search for a new first-choice goalkeeper ahead of the new season.

The £62m bid is slightly short of Roma’s £66.6m valuation but both sides are hopeful that an agreement can be reached.

Chelsea are also targeting Alisson as a potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who is wanted by Real Madrid.

But according to The Times, the 25-year-old has given an indication that he would prefer to join Liverpool instead of Chelsea.

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Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he is ready to stick with Loris Karius ahead of the new campaign.

But the 25-year-old showed more signs of being error-prone during the warm-up to a pre-season friendly against Chester earlier this month when he let a soft strike through his hands.

Karius also made a mistake in a following pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers as he spilled a free-kick which directly led to a goal.

Loris Karius has already made errors in pre-season. (Getty Images)After Liverpool’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, it emerged that Karius had suffered a concussion after being elbowed by Sergio Ramos.

The German was at fault for two goals as Klopp’s side were beaten 3-1 in Kiev.

Simon Mignolet, meanwhile, is expected to leave Anfield this summer after he lost his place to Karius last season.

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Liverpool on verge of sealing transfer of Roma goalkeeper Alisson ahead of Chelsea

Alisson is close to joining Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Roma goalkeeper Alisson, according to reports in Italy.

The stopper has been angling for a transfer away from Italy this summer and has attracted the attention of Real Madrid and Chelsea.

But, Sky Italia claim the Reds will win the race to sign Alisson and land a new No.1 the club is so desperate to acquire.

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Liverpool have offered £62million including add-ons, but Roma are set to ask for around £4m more. Talks between the clubs are ongoing, but are believed to be at an advanced stage.

Chelsea are in the running, but have not made a second bid since Roma rejected their opening offer of around £44m.

Liverpool are frontrunners for Alisson by some distance after the stopper held talks with Jurgen Klopp.

Alisson is set to join Liverpool (Picture: EPA)

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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)

The Reds are desperate to add a reliable goalkeeper to their ranks after a disastrous end to the season for current No.1 Loris Karius.

The German’s abysmal performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League ruined any chance Liverpool had of an upset.

Two errors gifted Real two goals, although Klopp had already decided before that game he needed a new No.1.

Jurgen Klopp has helped convince Alisson (Picture: Getty)

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(Picture: Getty)Alisson first caught Liverpool’s eye in January and Klopp then had a close up look at the Brazilian when the Reds beat Roma in the semi-final of the Champions League.

The 25-year-old then impressed for Brazil in the World Cup and is eager for a new challenge after two years in Italy.

Manchester City currently house the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after the Sky Blues paid £35m for Ederson last summer.

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