Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Roma in a deal worth over £65 million.
After passing his medical on Thursday, the 25-year-old was introduced to the press and expressed his delight at joining the Merseyside club on a six-year contract.
"In terms of my life and my career, it's a huge step for me being part of this club and this family," Alisson said.
Alisson helped guide Brazil to the World Cup quarter-finals and his former club Roma to the Champions League semi-finals - where he ended up on the losing side against his new club.
Given the inconsistent performances of the two current Liverpool keepers - Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet – Alisson is expected to walk straight into the team in time for their 2018/19 season opening match against West Ham United on August 12th.
After breaking the record for the most expensive defender with the deal to buy Virgil van Dijk’s, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp decided to follow a similar approach to secure Alisson’s services. "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." Klopp said.
Born in Novo Hamburgo in Brazil, Alisson began his youth career at Internacional and went on to become the number one goalkeeper for the Brazilian club. He signed a contract with Roma in 2016, where he made 37 league starts out of a possible 38.
Former Brazil coach Donga called Alisson up to the national side in 2015 and made him the number one for the national side in the 2016 Copa America. For the recent World Cup in Russia, Donga’s successor Tite kept faith with him, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson, faith he repaid by keeping three clean sheets in five games.