With Roma goalkeeper Alisson poised to make the switch to Liverpool, the Brazilian can be expected to significantly improve their defensive efforts.
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The Reds have agreed a £66.8 million fee with their Serie A counterparts, with Alisson travelling to Merseyside to undergo a medical and negotiate a five-year contract.
With Loris Karius‘ position in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad at its most precarious after a difficult two months, his successor will arrive to much anticipation.
Though Alisson conceded seven goals over two games against the Reds in the Champions League last season, and was part of a struggling Brazil side at the World Cup, he remains a top-class stopper.
He produced an array of excellent saves for Roma last term, providing the flourish to his excellent all-round game as an aerially dominant, composed modern ‘keeper.
Club: AS Roma
Strengths: Shot-stopping, distribution, aerial duels
Alisson‘s reflexes gave the Rome outfit a reliable option between the sticks, and the hope is that he can adapt quickly and offer similar to Liverpool.
Though he could be announced as Klopp’s fourth signing of the summer by the weekend, it is unlikely he will feature on the Reds’ upcoming tour of the United States.
Like his compatriot Roberto Firmino, he could instead be involved at Liverpool’s training camp in the south of France at the end of July.
From there, his debut could come against Napoli in Dublin on August 4, and as the new first-choice goalkeeper he will look to make his mark early.