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Could signing Alisson help Reds win the title?

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According to Sky Sports, Liverpool are in talks with Roma over a big-money deal to sign Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Sky Italy claims that the Reds have offered a fee of 70million euros for the highly-rated goalkeeper, but the Giallorossi want closer to 75million euros. It seems a deal is not far off, as all parties seem keen to get the deal done as quickly as possible.

A solid goalkeeper the missing link for Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has done some impressive work in the transfer market. The German strengthened his once weak defence with the signings of Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk, not to mention the signing of Mohamed Salah last summer.

However, the former Dortmund boss seems to have a blind spot when it comes to goalkeepers. Klopp brought in compatriot Loris Karius from one of his former clubs Mainz last summer.

Karius was regarded as one of the best up and coming ‘keepers in the Bundesliga. However, the high-profile move to Merseyside may have been a case of too much too soon for the German.

He has made a number of significant errors for the Reds, including in their 3-1 Champions League final loss against Real Madrid in May. As much as everybody at the club attempts to support him, his errors have cost his club and team.

Karius even made a blunder in Liverpool’s first pre-season game against Tranmere. Klopp has attempted to defend his compatriot, but the truth is he may not yet be good enough for a team of Liverpool stature. At this moment in time, it seems difficult to see Liverpool challenging for the title with Karius in-between the sticks.

Alisson is a highly-rated goalkeeper

In the last year, Brazilian number one Alisson has established himself as one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the world game. It has been a meteoric rise for the 25-year-old, who only became a regular in the Roma team last season after moving to the Italian capital from Internacional in 2016.

In fact, Alisson had only made 44 league appearances for his Brazilian side in three years before joining the Giallorossi, so he has enjoyed an incredible year.

Although he is highly-rated, some of his performances during the World Cup for the Selecao will be of concern to Liverpool fans. The 25-year-old still has a lot to learn, but he is still a relative rookie, especially for a goalkeeper.

He has a lot of potential, and if I were a Liverpool fan, I would prefer to have the Brazilian in goal than Karius. Personally, as a Blue, I would like Liverpool to keep Karius in goal for as long as possible.

The second favourites for the title

Liverpool are currently the second favourites for the Premier League title at odds of 5/1 in the coming season. Only champions Manchester City are shorter odds to take the 2018/19 title.

For me, Liverpool has done some impressive business by signing Naby Keita and Fabinho. They are two outstanding players who are still young enough to get even better. The Reds midfield will undoubtedly be far strong for their arrivals. Slowly but surely Jurgen Klopp is building a formidable team on Merseyside. Signing Alisson Becker could be another piece of the puzzle for the Reds title jigsaw.

The Merseysiders showed that they could compete with champions Manchester City last season in the Champions League. With so much positivity and such good quality arrivals, it is difficult to see any weaknesses in their team, especially if they sign Alisson.

However, this is Liverpool we are talking about. The Reds have tended to shoot themselves in the foot when it has come to winning the Premier League title in the last two decades.

The signing of Alisson Becker will only strengthen their chances of becoming Premier League champions. However, champions Manchester City will remain the team to beat in the English top-flight in the new season.

Could signing Alisson help Reds win the title?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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