Liverpool boost in Alisson chase

Liverpool’s hopes of signing Roma goalkeeper Alisson have been handed a boost following reports that the Italian club are already lining up potential replacements.

The goalkeeper, who has been described as ‘the Lionel Messi of goalkeepers,’ is being targeted by Jurgen Klopp in a bid to finally solve his goalkeeping issues that have dogged him since his arrival.

Recently, Loris Karius has claimed the number one jersey from Simon Mignolet, but fans and the manager alike are seemingly unconvinced that he can ever develop into a top goalkeeper, such as Man City’s Ederson, Man Utd’s David de Gea or Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.

They have been linked with making a world record move for the Roma goalkeeper, with reports suggesting he could be sold for an incredible £62 million – way above the current world record for a goalkeeper which was set last summer when City paid £35m for Ederson.

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Despite the exorbitant figures being quoted, Liverpool are willing to pay it, and also have plenty of cash in the bank following the £142m departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona last month.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Roma are already looking for replacements, and have identified 19-year-old Malmo stopper Marko Johansson has caught their eye.

Johansson has impressed on loan at Trelleborg and his agent reportedly met Roma representatives in Italy last week.

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However, one potential problem for Liverpool could be that Napoli are also interested in the ‘keeper.

Roma are thought to be planning more talks in Sweden next week to steal a march on their rivals.

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