Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been using the last few days to look back at their side’s season so far, a campaign which has the Reds firmly in contention for back-to-back top four finishes in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sit third in the division and just two points adrift of second place Manchester United after winning 15 and losing just three of their 27 league matches, giving them a two-point advantage over fifth place Tottenham in the race for Champions League football. And with the Merseyside giants currently the only English side to have beaten runaway leaders Manchester City this season, things are certainly looking up at Anfield under Klopp, who has slowly but surely reinvigorated the club following his appointment back in October 2015.
Subsequently, there have been many happy Liverpudlians in the Tavern over the course of the campaign, several of whom are already beginning to turn their attentions towards the summer transfer window, and thus who their team should look to sign.
And one man who the Reds have been linked with in recent times is Roma goalkeeper Alisson, but it appears that the Merseysiders have made a huge mistake not landing the Brazil international in January.
The 25-year-old made the move to the Italian giants back in 2016 and has since proven his worth with an impressive 17 clean sheets in just 45 appearances, in which time he has shipped only 44 goals.
In fact, the shot-stopper is performing so well for the Serie A club that he remains Brazil’s number one goalkeeper, which will certainly intrigue English football fans given how influential Ederson has been for Manchester City so far this term.
Liverpool reportedly made a move for Alisson during the January window in a bid to bolster their flagging goalkeeping ranks, but no move materialised.
Thus, the Reds simply had to get a deal done for Alisson during January.
Not only because neither Loris Karius nor Simon Mignolet have done enough in their Liverpool careers to convince of their capabilities, but also for financial reasons – they look likely to be priced out of the running if a new contract is signed.
Klopp’s side certainly bolstered their defensive ranks during the winter through the signing of Virgil van Dijk, but the goalkeeping department remains a huge concern, and could well prevent them from going on and challenging for major honours in the years to come.
So if it wasn’t a big enough mistake failing to get a deal done for Alisson during January before news of an improved contract, it certainly is looking like a major error now not luring the £14.4 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) to Anfield last month.
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