It remains far from certain that Liverpool will seek to bring in a new number one shot stopper for next season. And if they do, despite that he appears the favoured target for Liverpool fans, it at least isn’t certain that goalkeeper would be Roma’s 25-year-old star Brazilian Alisson.
That hasn’t stopped the tabloids in England and Italy from jumping on rumours that Roma are tracking a potential replacement for Alisson, putting two and two together, and getting good news for Liverpool—aka a boost to the club’s supposed Alisson pursuit—out of it all.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma have set their sights on Marko Johansson, a highly regarded 19-year-old Swede—rated by some as one of the top two teenage ‘keepers in Europe along with Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma—and Napoli’s current first choice to replace Pepe Reina.
As put by the Italian report, Roma’s main reason for considering a move for Johansson now is that they don’t think they’ll be able to hold on to Alisson beyond the current season with clubs like PSG, Real Madrid, and Liverpool at times having been linked to him in recent months.
For the English tabloids the focus is, of course, Liverpool, whose pursuit of Alisson has, supposedly, been given a boost. It all seems a little premature, though, from a Liverpool perspective, with Loris Karius being given a chance to earn the starting job and, so far, having impressed.