Liverpool have eased their pursuit of Roma goalkeeper Alisson due to price tag and Loris Karius’s upturn in form, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Merseyside outfit’s goalkeeping issue has been frequently discussed among fans and pundits alike.
It is often said that a club cannot win league titles without a world-class shot-stopper in between the sticks.
Simon Mignolet was the club’s number one until the turn of the year, but he has been prone to mistakes throughout his Liverpool career.
Karius is now Jurgen Klopp’s first choice, but he too has faced criticism for some of his performances.
Roma’s Alisson has been regularly linked with a move to Anfield due to his impressive outings in Serie A this season.
With the summer transfer window being the next opportunity for business, potential targets are being mentioned in the media.
However, according to the Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside outfit will not follow up their interest in Alisson.
The publication claims that the Reds are satisfied with Karius’s recent form and are unwilling to entertain Roma’s £70m price tag.
It is believed that Roma regret selling Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for a fee of £36.9m, and wish they had asked for more, which indicates that negotiations for Alisson would be tricky.
In terms of the money aspect, it does seem as though it would be tough to bring the Italian outfit down on their asking figure.
Paying £70m for a goalkeeper is astonishing, but in this market, other playing positions are catching up with attackers in terms of cost.
For so long, Liverpool have required a ready-made world-class goalkeeper that has proven time and again to be an asset to the team.
Mignolet has not proved it, and even though Karius has made some blunders, the jury is still out.
It is the first time that the German is getting a serious run-out in the team, and in the last few games he has looked more confident.
It might be best for Liverpool to reassess at the end of the season.