Liverpool: Liverpool signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker from Roma in a world record deal valued at 72.5 million euros (Rs 583 crore) by the Italian club. “The 25-year-old signed a long-term contract with the Reds after undergoing a medical and completing the formalities of his switch at (training centre) Melwood today,” said the Liverpool website. Roma confirmed the value of the transfer for Alisson who featured at the World Cup in Russia.
A key signing
Alisson is a key signing for Jurgen Klopp who was desperate for a new goalkeeper to replace Loris Karius following his calamitous Champions League final performance against Real Madrid. “I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning,” Alisson told liverpoolfc.com.
The special text message
Alisson said that Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah – also a former Roma player – had encouraged him to join the Anfield giants. “Yesterday, he sent me a text 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!’
Becker Vs 2 Anfield goalkeepers
- 79% passing accuracy – compared to Karius’ 67% & Mignolet’s 69%.
- 21 clean sheets in 37 league games – Karius had 10 and Mignolet 7 (19 games each).
- 79% league shots saved – compared to Karius (69%) and Mignolet (59%).