Alisson's stats have been compared to his rival Premier League goalkeepers

Carrie Guzman
July 21, 2018

Liverpool have announced the signing of Alisson from Roma for a fee of £65m, making the Brazilian the most-expensive goalkeeper in history.

Gianluigi Buffon has always been the most expensive goalkeeper in history after joining Juventus from Parma for 53 million euros in 2001.

He has been at Roma for two years and played 37 Serie A games in 2017-18.

"In terms of my life and my career, it's a huge step for me being part of this club and this family", said Allison. The Brazilian also was his national team's starting goalkeeper in all five matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, a campaign that ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the quarter-finals.

He started all five games for Brazil at the World Cup in Russian Federation where they bowed out in a quarter-final defeat by Belgium.

Of the goalkeepers who made more than 20 starts in Europe's top five leagues last season, Alisson's save percentage is bettered only by De Gea and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak.

The Egyptian winger hit the ground running as he had his most prolific season of his career under Jurgen Klopp, and Liverpool fans will be hoping that Alisson can start with similarly good form.

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Known as "goleiro gato" in Brazil - literally "handsome goalkeeper" - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress. The previous record was held by the Gianluigi Buffon's €53 million paid by Juventus to go to Parma. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price.

"It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment".

Liverpool met AS Roma's valuation of the player last night, believed to involve £58M up front, and the player has signed a six year deal with the club. I've seen other games where I could see the way Klopp had the team playing.

It is hard to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets or goals conceded.

Liverpool's defence markedly improved last season, conceding the fewest amount of goals (38) in a single campaign since 2009/10.

I'm really happy with our signings to be honest, so now let's use the last few weeks to be as good as possible.

"I actually think now they (Liverpool) have got a chance, they can win the league", Saunders told talkSPORT.

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