With Philippe Coutinho gone, Liverpool are going to be looking to not just replace the departed Brazilian but to use the fee received for him to strengthen at other positions, and journalists with ties to the club have gone as far as to identify midfield and goalkeeper as potential purchases that will come as result.
If reports out of Brazil over the past few days are true, the goalkeeper who could be arriving is Roma’s 25-year-old stopper Alisson Becker, who has conceded 20 goals and earned 12 clean sheets in 25 total appearances for the Serie A side this season and is widely ranked as his nation’s top goalkeeper.
There’s one problem, though—he’s cup tied. Roma topped Group C in the autumn, finishing ahead of Chelsea and advancing to the knockout rounds, which means if Liverpool signed the ‘keeper he wouldn’t be able to play in that competition, which would make Alisson at most a league starter at Anfield.
That might not be a deal breaker. After all, Loris Karius is currently starting in the Champions League and FA Cup, but to spend as much as €50M on a goalkeeper mid-season would send the German the clear signal to everyone about who the first choice across all competitions next season would be.
There are also questions as to whether Alisson would want to leave Roma in the middle of their Champions League run. Still, as Liverpool have recently seen with Coutinho, if a player sees a move as the right one for his career long term, that doesn’t necessarily have to be a deal breaker.
Though there has been nothing solid to confirm the potential transfer from the Liverpool end, the Brazilian journalist claiming negotiations are ongoing has close ties to the club Alisson came up at in Brazil, and his claims have found also support on the Italian side.