By purchasing Alisson from Roma for a world-record fee of £66.7m, Jurgen Klopp has moved to rectify Liverpool’s final lingering weakness and make the Reds genuine title contenders.
In an ideal world, another world-class centre-half would come in but the German is slowly removing roadblocks from Liverpool’s path in pursuit of a maiden Premier League triumph.
Klopp is clearly looking to build on last season’s run to the Champions League final by building a side capable of closing the gap on Manchester City, but the capture of Alisson could also have consequences for other clubs.
The deal to bring the Brazilian international to Anfield could have a ripple effect across the league and Football FanCast have taken a closer look…
The first repercussion of the Alisson deal has already been felt with Danny Ward – one of the four senior goalkeepers Klopp had at his disposal – making a £12.5m move to Leicester.
There was an argument for jettisoning perennial underperformers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius and keeping Ward as the understudy to the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.
However, Klopp has taken the decision to let the Welshman leave Anfield without ever getting a fair crack of the whip and few would bet against the 25-year-old eventually going on to become a more impressive stopper than his Belgian and German rivals.
Ward’s arrival at the King Power Stadium opens the door for current Foxes first-choice Schmeichel to depart and Chelsea are reportedly interested in the Dane, who has 39 caps for his country.
It remains to be seen how Schmeichel would adapt to the jump up to a bigger club but he has good international experience and has also played in the Champions League.
The Blues are also looking for a new breed of leaders and there aren’t many stronger characters in the Premier League; he is no respecter of reputations and demands total commitment from everyone around him.
The Evening Standard report that a £35.5m deal to take World Cup Golden Glove winner Courtois to Real Madrid is in place, and will go through as soon as Chelsea source a replacement.
If Schmeichel were to agree to come to Stamford Bridge, the Belgian’s cut-price switch to the Bernabeu should go through without a hitch to complete the chain of transfers.
Chelsea would look like the team set to come off worse from the transfer chain but Schmeichel has been waiting years for his shot at a big club, and if he takes it, everyone could well be a winner.