Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has urged his old club to spend big in order to secure the signature of Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Even before the Red’s current number one Loris Karius made two monumental errors in his sides Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in May, Jurgen Klopp had been heavily linked with a move for highly rated Roma ‘keeper Alisson.
Now Nicol, who made 343 league appearances for Liverpool, has urged his former club to spend big to sign the 25-year-old shot stopper, and predicted that the Brazil international could have just as big an impact at Anfield as £75 million January signing Virgil van Dijk has had.
“In a heartbeat,” Nicol told ESPN.
“We sat here and mulled over the price tag for [Virgil] Van Dijk – did Van Dijk make a difference? My goodness did he make a difference. This team was transformed with Van Dijk in it.
“So imagine what would happen if they got Alisson. If you want to go for the big prizes you need to have good players and good players cost money.
“But you know what? Liverpool have the money. If you’ve got it, you spend it tomorrow, or in 10 minutes’ time, if you’ve got the opportunity.
“Do you buy two average players or one great player? You buy the great player.”
Liverpool will face plenty of competition for Alisson however, with Chelsea and Real Madrid also keen.