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I remember you posted that when the news broke that Klopp was on his way and it summed up my feelings perfectly. This time round, it's more:



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Updated article by Paul Joyce






Liverpool have agreed a world record fee for a goalkeeper in the region of £66million with Roma for Alisson Becker.

There is nothing stopping other clubs from also striking a deal with the Italian team, but Liverpool’s willingness to spend so lavishly would indicate they are confident that the Brazilian No1 is keen to move to Anfield. Liverpool now have permission to speak to him.

Sources in Italy claim the agreement is worth 65million euros (£58million) plus a further £9million in bonus-related payments. That has been described as slightly high, but there is no official confirmation as yet on the numbers.

Equally, there is no time on a medical. Alisson will earn around £5million-a-year, plus bonuses.

That there is now an agreement between Liverpool and Roma is significant and puts the onus on Chelsea to match the figure if their interest in Alisson is real.

Thibaut Courtois continues to be heavily linked with Real Madrid and Alisson, 25, is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

His ability to play with the ball at his feet, together with his shot-stopping qualities, marks him down as a very modern goalkeeper.

Liverpool have pursued him for much of the season, but initially feared that Roma would not sell a player who manager Jürgen Klopp believes can solve what has become a problem position for him. Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, who had started last season as first choice, have shown over the past couple of years that they are not good enough.

A breakthrough in negotiations was made on Tuesday and discussions completed overnight by sporting director, Michael Edwards.

Nothing is signed or sealed as yet, but it represents a positive move in what would be a huge statement of Liverpool’s intent ahead of the new season.

Real had a keen interest in Alisson before he performed well for Brazil at the World Cup, although it is understood that they considered him to be overpriced and have turned their attention to Courtois.

Chelsea have already hijacked a deal from under the noses of a rival, as they did with Jorginho, the Napoli midfielder who appeared destined for Manchester City until he diverted to London last week.

Chelsea are prepared to pay as much as £70 million for Alisson but need to complete a deal for a goalkeeper to allow Courtois, who is valued by Chelsea at £50 million and Real at £35 million, to move to Madrid.

Courtois has entered the final year of his contract and was made an offer that nearly doubled his wage of £100,000 a week. The Belgium goalkeeper has suggested that he wants to return to the Spanish capital, where he played on loan for Atletico Madrid between 2011 and 2014 and his two children live with his former partner.

Signing Alisson would solve a headache that has plagued Klopp since long before Karius’s Champions League final performance, in which he was badly at fault for two of Real’s goals in their 3-1 victory.

The traumatic night in Kiev cast a shadow over Karius’s position, even after medical tests showed that he had been concussed before his costly errors, sustained following a collision with Sergio Ramos, the Real defender.

Klopp had used medical reports as evidence to support his belief that Karius could rebound from his experience in the final but the German was badly at fault when he let in a goal against Tranmere Rovers in a pre-season friendly last week.

That brought even greater scrutiny on Karius’s status and how Klopp would respond in the transfer market, a question that was answered with the bid for Alisson.

The signing of Alisson would mean that Liverpool, a team so widely praised for their attacking football last season, add the world’s most expensive goalkeeper to the world’s most expensive defender, Virgil van Dijk, whom they signed from Southampton for £75 million in January. The Merseyside club have had arguably the best transfer window of any of the top six sides so far. When hit by injuries and suspensions in midfield towards the end of last season, Klopp was short of options, but he now has ample cover in that area following the arrivals of Naby Keïta and Fabinho from RB Leipzig and Monaco respectively.

Liverpool’s squad will be strengthened further if they can resurrect a deal for the France attacker Nabil Fekir, whose £48.4 million transfer from Lyons fell through just before the World Cup.

Southampton are interested in signing the forward Danny Ings, who could cost up to £20 million, while Klopp is likely to let Divock Origi, the Belgian forward who was on loan at Wolfsburg last season, leave on a permanent deal. Newcastle United are interested in signing the 23-year-old.


Klopp has indicated that Daniel Sturridge, who was loaned to West Bromwich Albion last term, could stay at Liverpool if he has a good pre-season, however the striker may not be satisfied with yet another season as a back-up player at Anfield.


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If this is true I'm delighted. Finally the club have spotted the elephant in the room and signed a decent keeper,. It was clear to me this was by far the most urgent issue and talk of it affecting negatively on our ability to sign other targets is irrelevant if you don't stop the bleeding at the back. I would think the addition of world class keeper is more likely to be positive in our search for better outfield players. Who the fuck would be impressed by the prospect of playing in front of

Mig or Karius ?

Quick response ?

Van Dijk obviously was !

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Can we get it over the line before we all start wanking.

Exactly, the last player that this sort of excitement generated is still an employee at his old club. 

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I've stated before on here that I'm not a fan of YouTube compilations for keepers. I want to see the goals they've conceded and stuff like dominance of their box, do they claim lots of crosses, puncher or catcher etc?




I recently watched one for Alisson. It was a good sign that he made a lot of saves that I don't believe that Karius or Mignolet would've made. And, going back through some of the goals conceded by us last season, there's a fair few where I'm of the belief that they would've been less likely to go in if we had Alisson in goal back then - Willian cross shot, Sane beating Karius near post, the two CL final clangers, Spartak Moscow free kick, Xhaka at The Emirates, the late equaliser at Watford.


That's lots of errors that an upgrade in keeper will hopefully eradicate.

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Echo are already reporting its done as are some of the other sites. 


It isn't yet. Until the medical is complete and he signs then there is time for Madrid or Chelsea to submit an offer.

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Echo are already reporting its done as are some of the other sites. 


They are reporting that the fee has been agreed, not that the player has signed. There's still the ever so slight possibility that Chelsea could match our bid, which would then come down to the player's decision. Reckon it's happening myself, but would still rather wait for the lean before blowing my load.

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Even the best keepers make howlers. They are usually few and far between though.

Yeah. I would still take De Gea in a heartbeat, even though he didn’t impress anyone in Russia.

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the problem is when he makes this first error this place will go into meltdown

I doubt it. If he makes a run of errors over the space of a season, then literally throws away a trophy, then it'll go into meltdown. A few people will say things, just as they did when they said Van Dijk was 'a bit shit'. They're what's known in the trade as... hysterical fannies.

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Not arsed about him making a few mistakes to begin with which in all honesty he probably will coming to a new league and all that.

Mingolet saved a pen and kept three clean sheets on the bounce in his first games for us....

And look how that turned out

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From the games against us and the Brazil World Cup matched he didn’t really do anything that made you think “best keeper in the world”. But small sample sizes and all that.

From the six minutes of highlights I’ve just watched I can definitively say that he’s pretty good at getting his hands on shots, but not great at catching them.

Agree on the world cup, but De Gea looked like a Karius tribute act in that tournament so hard to judge, as you said.


I'm just buzzing that the manager is identifying players and the club are going out and getting them. 

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"The Blues are yet to submit an offer and it is understood that is a result of Alisson making clear his preference is Liverpool.


Roma would welcome an auction, but there are currently no indications that one will materialise."

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"The Blues are yet to submit an offer and it is understood that is a result of Alisson making clear his preference is Liverpool.


Roma would welcome an auction, but there are currently no indications that one will materialise."


Chelsea bid incoming.

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Chelsea have burnt through a lot of money in the past seasons, with the saleable players in the squad dwindling after the bumper years of De Bruyne, Lukakau, Mata, Luiz etc. Would be surprised if they have the means to go after a 'keeper in this fashion given other deficiencies in their squad (particularly up front).

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All Goalkeepers taken from Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A that played 1000+ minutes.


The percentage is the amount of shots they let in. De Gea for example had 142 shots (28 conceded) which means he let in 19.7% of the shots. I've highlighted in red the Liverpool keepers and highlighted in blue Alisson.


Average = 32.0%


By request the 1st number = amount of shots faced


1. Jan Oblak - 127 - 17.3%


2. David De Gea - 142 - 19.7%


3.Alisson - 135 - 20.7%


Marc-André ter Stegen - 126 - 22.2%


Neto - 143 - 23.1%

Ron-Robert Zieler - 155 - 23.2%

Nick Pope - 146 - 24%

Régis Gurtner - 171 - 24%


Gianluigi Buffon - 58 - 24.1%

Jirí Pavlenka - 165 - 24.2%

Alphonse Areola - 103 - 24.3%

Vicente Guaita - 113 - 24.8%


Samir Handanovic - 121 - 24.8%


Mattia Perin - 169 - 24.9%

Pau López - 122 - 25.4%

Alex Meret - 62 - 25.8%

Anthony Lopes - 141 - 26.2%

Marwin Hitz - 160 - 26.3%

Wojciech Szczesny - 33 - 27.3%

Yann Sommer - 152 - 27.6%


Keylor Navas - 112 - 27.7%


Tomas Koubek - 129 - 27.9%

Ciprian Tatarusanu - 135 - 28.1%

Benjamin Lecomte - 117 - 28.2%

Salvatore Sirigu - 158 - 28.5%

Philipp Tschauner - 158 - 28.5%

Stéphane Ruffier - 150 - 28.7%

Ralf Fährmann - 128 - 28.9%

Marco Sportiello - 131 - 29%

Lukasz Fabianski - 192 - 29.2%

Fernando Pacheco - 170 - 29.4%

Martin Dubravka - 37 - 29.7%


33. Hugo Lloris - 118 - 29.7%


Roman Bürki - 145 - 29.7%

Adrián - 97 - 29.9%


Pepe Reina - 97 - 29.9%


Sven Ulreich - 87 - 29.9%

Jack Butland - 203 - 30%


Nícolas - 235 - 30.2%

Thomas Strakosha - 162 - 30.2%

Alfred Gomis - 142 - 30.3%

Erwin Zelazny - 92 - 30.4%

Mamadou Samassa - 102 - 30.4%

Mathew Ryan - 177 - 30.5%

Fraser Forster - 97 - 30.9%

Kepa Arrizabalaga - 139 - 30.9%

Iván Cuéllar - 139 - 30.9%

Stefano Sorrentino - 191 - 30.9%

Koen Casteels - 155 - 31%

Mariano Barbosa - 45 - 31.1%


51. Loris Karius - 45 - 31.1%


Rune Jarstein - 141 - 31.2%

Leandro Chichizola - 150 - 31.3%

Walter Benítez - 115 - 31.3%

Antonio Mirante - 147 - 31.3%

Ludovic Butelle - 70 - 31.4%

Oier Olazábal - 124 - 31.5%


58. Thibaut Courtois - 108 - 31.5%


Gianluigi Donnarumma - 133 - 31.6%


60. Ederson - 82 - 31.7%


Wayne Hennessey - 129 - 31.8%

Emiliano Viviano - 134 - 32.1%

David Soria - 59 - 32.2%

Steve Mandanda - 115 - 32.2%

Oliver Baumann - 149 - 32.2%

Robert Elliot - 65 - 32.3%

Sergio Asenjo - 93 - 32.3%


Danijel Subasic - 126 - 32.5%

Mike Maignan - 163 - 32.5%


70. Jordan Pickford - 178 - 32.6% (worse record than Karius, unlucky blues)


Alex Cordaz - 201 - 32.8%

Bono - 140 - 32.9%

Lukás Hrádecky - 135 - 33.3%

Andrea Consigli - 173 - 33.5%


Kasper Schmeichel - 139 - 33.8%


Alban Lafont - 160 - 33.8%

Roberto Jiménez - 150 - 34%

René Adler - 53 - 34%

Alexander Schwolow - 155 - 34.2%

Etrit Berisha - 99 - 34.3%

Karl-Johan Johnsson - 172 - 34.3%

Rémy Vercoutre - 135 - 34.8%


Timo Horn - 201 - 34.8%


Albano Bizzarri - 147 - 35.4%



85. Péter Gulácsi - 147 - 35.4% (HAHAHAHA)



Asmir Begovic - 172 - 35.5%

Eiji Kawashima - 168 - 35.7%


88. Petr Cech - 134 - 35.8%


Baptiste Reynet - 204 - 35.8%

Alessio Cragno - 131 - 35.9%


Ben Foster - 153 - 35.9%


Rubén Blanco - 86 - 36%

Benoit Costil - 124 - 36.3%


Bernd Leno - 110 - 36.4%


Jonas Lössl - 159 - 36.5%

Bingourou Kamara - 87 - 36.8%

Alexandre Letellier - 45 - 37.8%

Robin Zentner - 71 - 38%

Alex McCarthy - 68 - 38.2%

Marko Dmitrovic - 127 - 38.6%

Antonio Adán - 136 - 39%

Vid Belec - 81 - 39.5%

Heurelho Gomes - 101 - 39.6%

Christian Mathenia - 96 - 39.6%

Sergio Álvarez - 72 - 40.3%


106. Simon Mignolet - 59 - 40.7% (Fucking hell)


Alexandre Oukidja - 69 - 42%

Gerónimo Rulli - 107 - 42.1%

Orestis Karnezis - 56 - 42.9%


Joe Hart - 91 - 42.9%


Rubén Martínez - 134 - 43.3%

Sergio Rico - 89 - 43.8%

113. Christian Puggioni - 77 - 49.4%

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RE the video;


Thing I liked most - how quick he reacted after an initial save.


Thing that surprised me - His starting position seemed generally deeper than I would have expected albeit most clips are obviously in defensive situations.

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Is Bono allowed to wear his dark glasses in goal ?


His reflexes are only so sharp due to all the bottles of piss.

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