Despite reports from Italy indicating that Liverpool had made a £57million bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, journalist David Maddock of the Daily Mirror has insisted that the Reds have made no contact with the player or club.
Liverpool’s goalkeeper problems are well-documented, with Jurgen Klopp switching from Simon Mignolet to Loris Karius midway through last season, but the German made two howlers in the Champions League final.
Roma’s Alisson, who stands at 6ft 4in tall, has been touted as a potential transfer target for Liverpool after the 25-year-old impressed in Serie A last season, and he is valued at £54million on Transfermarkt.
However, it appears that Liverpool aren’t close to signing the Brazilian, with David Maddock suggesting that Liverpool’s initial interest has waned and they’re not planning to make any bids.
Widespread reports in Italy on €65m Liverpool bid for Alisson…completely wrong (unfortunately). NO bid from @LFC, no contact at all with player or club. No plans to bid at this stage either. Was some interest earlier in window, but cooled and not revived. #LFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) July 12, 2018
Liverpool fans are desperate to sign a new goalkeeper, and if someone of the quality of Alisson, whose arrival would surely make the Reds serious 2018/19 Premier League title contenders, was between the sticks in Istanbul then perhaps the result would have been different.
However, £57million does seem excessive and it may be a blessing in disguise that this fee isn’t true.
Liverpool will have to continue scouring the market for their goalkeeper, or perhaps Klopp will keep his faith in Karius who could yet prove his critics wrong.