Liverpool almost didn't sign Alisson last summer, says Echo reporter
An interesting piece in the Liverpool Echo today has claimed that Liverpool were close to missing out on the historical signing of Alisson Becker last summer window.
The Brazilian is now widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world and is a serious contender for the Ballon d'Or, but that was almost not the case as Joe Rimmer writes.
The Echo reporter says that, last summer, Liverpool had already moved for Alisson. Long before those famous words that many fans raged about for weeks were spoken, about how Klopp was happy with Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward.
Apparently, the Reds had initially been quoted a quite-ridiculous (then) £90 million for the keeper, after Roma refused to be ripped off again, having been burnt in selling Mo Salah.
They then offered him for £75 million but Jurgen Klopp and the club still felt that that was far above what the player was worth, at that time.
So the club moved on and, at that time, Klopp was seemingly content to allow Danny Ward a chance to stake his claim, after some early pre-season wobbles from Loris Karius.
But, according to Rimmer, Roma then came back to the table. They had been hoping that interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea would materialise, but Real were still haggling over the far cheaper Courtois, whilst Chelsea were having to wait until he was sold to move on.
So Liverpool's ability to hold their nerve had paid off, and the rest is history, with Liverpool signing the Brazilian for £65 million. Making him the most expensive goalkeeper in football history. At the time. Chelsea would break that record barely a week later in buying Kepa.