Liverpool supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side fail to win a sixth European crown following a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s showpiece having got past Porto, Manchester City, and Roma in the competition’s knockout stages, but they were second-best against the defending champions in Kiev. A brace from Gareth Bale, the first one of the greatest goals in Champions League final history, alongside Karim Benzema’s opener was enough to seal victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side, thus condemning Klopp to a third major final defeat in charge of the Merseyside giants.
Thus, there have been many deflated and despondent Reds fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are intrigued by recent reports suggesting that it will take their club €90 million (£79 million) to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson this summer.
And following Loris Karius’ horror-show against Madrid on Saturday, it’s a price they simply have to pay if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Ultimately, Karius’ costly errors in the Champions League final last weekend pretty much summed up his Liverpool career to date, what with the young German shot-stopper having done little during his two-year stint at the club to convince of his capabilities at the top level.
And for the Reds to be serious title contenders in the coming years, they simply need a world-class goalkeeper in the calibre of David de Gea, Ederson, and Thibaut Courtois, as all three have, at some stage, earned their respective sides victories and points over the years – Karius has arguably cost Liverpool victories and points.
And that is why, despite the extortionate figure, the Reds have to bring Alisson to Anfield this summer, as he is the world-class goalkeeper that can help take the Merseysiders to the next level next season.
The 25-year-old has been widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe in the last few years since his arrival at Roma back in 2016, with the Brazil international conceding just 28 goals in 37 Serie A appearances for the club this term, keeping 17 clean sheets along the away.
And given how impressive Ederson has been at Manchester City this season, it is saying something that Alisson remains Brazil’s number one heading into this summer’s World Cup in Russia – that itself underlines just how good the Roma ace is.
And following Karius’ shocker against Madrid on Saturday, Klopp simply must act and bring in a top-quality goalkeeper to help turn the Reds into genuine title contenders – Alisson would do just that.
As such, while it would break the transfer record for a goalkeeper, Liverpool must pay the £79 million it will take to lure Alisson away from Roma and to Anfield this summer.
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