Despite reports early in the month in the Brazilian press that Liverpool were working on a deal to bring Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker to Anfield, there will be no move for the 25-year-old shot stopper. At least not this month. Come the summer, though, that could change.
Liverpool will not sign a goalkeeper this month, but journalists with ties to the club have suggested Jürgen Klopp feels changes must be made at the position, and there is perhaps no better potentially available option than Roma’s Alisson. And the player at least seems open to the idea of a move.
“I am happy in Rome, [but] it’s always a pleasure to know that clubs are keeping an eye on you,” Alisson told Sky Italia over the weekend when pressed about his future. “In June, maybe we will speak about it again but for now I am concentrated on Roma.”
It’s a response that will only fuel speculation, going further than the standard hand-waving about never knowing what the future holds players usually fall back on in such situations and instead actively welcoming the interest of other clubs and entertaining the possibility of a summer transfer.
Taken together with the earlier reports that Liverpool were working on a deal—reports from journalists with ties to the player and the club he began his career at in Brazil—it’s not entirely fanciful to think that he might be a genuine target and that Liverpool are laying the foundations for a deal.
Alternately it could be Alisson’s representatives were using Liverpool in an attempt to drum up interest or push Roma to offer an improved deal. Still, the expectation is that Liverpool will move for a goalkeeper in the summer, and if they do it would be hard to do better than Alisson.