Liverpool have bought a goalkeeper and he’s the man everyone wanted.
And now that he’s here, the man himself seems delighted to tell us about how happy he is with the move.
Talking about what influenced his decision to come to England, Alisson told The Mirror that “I actually spoke to all the [Brazil] national team players who play in the Premier League, asking about what the league is like and the style of play. It’s one thing watching it on the TV, but being involved in it every day is another thing. I only heard good things. If not the biggest, the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world. It’s very competitive and I find that exciting”.
If there is one man in particular you’d expect to help make Alisson welcome at Anfield, it’s fellow countryman Roberto Firmino. And indeed, Alisson states that he “spoke to [Firmino] before things really started to happen”, then “when the negotiations became official, I spoke to him and I only heard good things about the club and the city. He is a player, who feels really at home here. He’s loved by the fans and really popular with his team-mates.
“He said if I were to come here, I’d be really happy as well”.
It’s great that Alisson feels he’s going to be happy settling here, but what everyone really wants to know is whether he’ll be good on the pitch. And he’s happy to talk about that, too.
“I look to work on all aspects of my game”, Alisson added, “always aiming for perfection and looking to improve every day. I’m quick to come off my line. I’m an agile keeper despite being tall. I’ve got very good agility and strength in my legs. With the ball at my feet, I like to get involved in the play. I think my style will fit in very well here”.
With all due respect to Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, Alisson has the potential to be a different calibre of goalkeeper. What many have seen as a problem area could now become a position of strength, and Liverpool will be all the better for it.