Alisson joins Liverpool as world’s most expensive goalie

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper on Thursday when he joined Liverpool from Roma. Roma said the deal for Brazil’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia “could be worth up to 72.5 million euros” ($84.5 million).

In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. It is the latest big-money purchase by Liverpool, which hasn’t won the English league since its 18th top-flight title in 1990.

Gianluigi Buffon has long been the most expensive goalkeeper in history after joining Juventus from Parma for 53 million euros in 2001. Last year, Manchester City signed Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica for 40 million euros.

Referring to the fee paid by Liverpool, Klopp said: “I think it’s something we have to do. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price. It’s the market, that’s how it is and we will not think a lot about it.”

Alisson became Brazil’s starting goalkeeper in 2016, under then-coach Dunga, because of his impressive form with Internacional. Tite, Dunga’s replacement, stuck with Alisson despite Ederson’s excellent displays for Man City last season.

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