Alisson joins Liverpool as the world's most expensive goalkeeper

Jurgen Klopp

Klopp was speaking before the first match of Liverpool's US tour against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday

"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.

"Yesterday, [Salah] sent me a message to say 'Hey, what are you waiting for?'" he said.

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has also since arrived though, like Shaqiri, he will not join up with his new teammates until later in pre-season due to his participation in the World Cup. "Then it's not a long thought, to be honest, it's only that you need to have a little talk with the owners".

At a time when announcing transfers has become an industry unto itself, this week saw a rather anticlimactic end to rumours surrounding AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Of course, for a club whose entire fan base remains traumatised by the performance of their goalkeeper in June's Champions League final, none of that really matters.

Known as "goleiro gato" in Brazil - literally "handsome goalkeeper" - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress.

"That game definitely did have an influence but I also watched other games".

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"I have just started with my team-mates and I understand we have excellent players".

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says clubs will be "collecting the bones" of overworked players as the global calendar places more demands on teams already struggling to cope with a hectic domestic schedule.

Dean Saunders believes that Liverpool could finally win a Premier League title after their impressive signings. We were not too bad past year but we had to improve and we tried that on the transfer market.

Alisson is set to move to the Premier League for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper after keeping 17 clean sheets in 37 Serie A appearances last season.

Alisson made 109 saves at a rate of 79.3% - so a rate just slightly below De Gea.

Shaka Hislop explains why he's certain Liverpool will get a return on their reported £66.9 million investment should Alisson agree to move to Anfield.

"That has made me really excited to be part of this group".

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