If you are wondering who is Liverpool’s new signing Alisson Becker, then fear not, we have put together a little profile of the worlds most expensive goalkeeper.
Let’s be honest, until recently, many of us fans of the Premier League hadn’t really heard of the Brazilian, so how has he mangaged to propel himself to be one of the most sought after goalkeepers on the planet?
Over the course of this summer, the Roma goalkeeper has been courted by Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid, but it is Jurgen Klopp who has won the race, agreeing to smash the world record for a goalkeeper in order to sign him.
That previous world record was only set last year, when Manchester City signed fellow Brazilian ‘keeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica.
Ederson was sensational for Pep Guardiola’s side in his first season in the Premier League, but he was unable to unsurp Alisson as Brazil’s number 1.
Full Name: Alisson Ramses Becker
Born: Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
Height: 6ft 4.
Clubs: Internacional (2013-2016), Roma (2016-2018)
International caps:: 31
Amazingly though, after moving to Roma in 2016, he played second fiddle to former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, only making appearances for the Giallorossi in the Cup competitions.
Szczesny departure to Juventus in 2017 saw Alisson promoted to number one in the Italian capital, making his Serie A debut against Atalanta on the opening day of the 2017/18 season.
He would go on to make 37 appearances in Serie A, keeping 17 clean sheets, and saving two of the five penalties he faced, as well as saving 80% of the shots that threatened his goal.
However, as with most modern ‘keepers, it’s more than just about keeping the ball out of the back of the net, but being an 11th outfield player, something which Reds boss Jurgen Klopp demands. Alisson seems to fit that particular bill too, completing an average of 23 passes per game last season, with a passing accuracy of 79%.
Those stats are however useless without a bit of context, so here is a comparison with some other goalkeepers from around the world.
|League Appearances||Clean sheets||Save %||Pass accuracy|
|Ederson (Man City)||36||16||69%||85%|
|De Gea (Man Utd)||37||18||80%||58%|
|Ter Stegen (Barcelona)||37||19||78%||80%|
As you can see, all of his stats are comparable to some of the best ‘keepers from around the Premier League and in the rest of Europe, and he seems to offer a significant upgrade on Loris Karius, the man who he will ultimately replace at Anfield.
After agreeing to almost double the previous World Record, all eyes will be on the Brazilian when he is likely to make his Premier League debut in just over three weeks time.
Does this make Liverpool title contenders?