Liverpool Could Have Signed Alisson For A Lot Less In 2015
Liverpool finally sorted their goalkeeper situation earlier this week when they broke a world record transfer fee for Alisson from Roma. However they had the chance to sign him three years ago for a lot less money.
Jurgen Klopp thought that Loris Karius was a good enough goalkeeper to be his number one last summer. He felt the same last January when his side were linked with a move for Alisson and ultimately it cost him.
Real Madrid were the better side in the Champions League final in May but who knows what might have happened with a better goalkeeper in between the sticks for the Reds.
The two mistakes made by Karius in that game followed by a mistake in pre season against Tranmere made Klipp decide that he needed to replace the German as his number one, and not with Simon Mignolet. So he went out and broke the record transfer for a goalkeeper by splashing out £65 million for Roma's Alisson.
But now it seems that even before Klopp moved to Merseyside the Brazilian number one could have been at the club and for a lot less money.
The Mirror report that in the summer of 2015 Internacional offered Alisson to several clubs in England, including Liverpool, for just £4 million- £3.1m up front with £900,000 in add-ons.
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According to the newspaper the 25 year old was being offered around Europe for the low fee as he wanted to leave Brazil and his agent sent out a detailed scout report including testimonial from 1994 World Cup winning goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel.
The keeper preferred a move to England but no offer came in for him and he stayed with the Porto Alegre club for another year. Then he moved to Roma for £7.20 million before the Italians made a huge profit on him.
The Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, will hardly be ecstatic about the fact they could have paid a lot less for their new keeper and he might not have made the mistakes in the final Karius did.
Who knows how things would have changed. Now Liverpool just hope they finally will, no matter how much money they'd had to spend.
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