Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described new signing Alisson as one of the best goalkeepers in the world after he completed his £67 million transfer.
The Reds have ended months of speculation surrounding their goalkeeping position by smashing the previous world record for a goalkeeper, which was only set last summer when Man City signed Ederson Moraes for £35m.
Liverpool’s need to sign a new goalkeeper was brought into stark focus in last season’s Champions League final, when Loris Karius made two horrific mistakes to gift Real Madrid two goals, and ultimately their 13th European crown.
Jurgen Klopp has wasted no time in solving the problematic goalkeeping department by moving for the now former Roma goalkeeper, and has told Liverpool’s official website that he is one of the best in the business:
“At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers – then it’s not a long thought, to be honest, it’s only that you need to have a little talk with the owners! They were quite excited, so we did it.
“I think it’s something we have to do. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price, it’s the market, that’s how it is and we will not think a lot about it.
“It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. It will happen a lot in the next few weeks I guess and that’s it, so we are really happy to have him here now.
“His English is surprisingly good and he is a real personality. He has meanwhile a lot of experience in the last few years, in Europe and in Rome, he’s played there on an outstandingly high level and he did the same at the World Cup.
“It was for Brazil not too lucky, that’s how it is, but then he played a really good World Cup. So it’s just a good moment.”
While Klopp has been effusive in his praise of his new goalkeeper, he has insisted that he will need time to adapt to life in the Premier League :
“The full package is just good,” Klopp added.
“How we all do, he needs to adapt to the English Premier League, that’s how it is. The league is different, the refs are different, the goalkeeper life is different in the Premier League.
“But that’s not important now because again, we got him here because of his existing strengths, which is in all goalkeeper departments the highest level.
“But of course he still has to adapt and age-wise he can improve, the best years are coming in the goalkeeper life, so it’s all good.”