Liverpool’s statement of intent summer continued today with another major signing, as Brazil and AS Roma number one Alisson Becker arrives at the club in a £65M deal, a new record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.
Having already signed Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, and with Naby Keïta officially arriving a year after the club agreed a deferred deal with RB Leipzig, Alisson becomes the fourth new arrival of the summer for the Reds.
And, following not just those new arrivals but the January signing of Virgil van Dijk for a record fee for a defender, it’s clear the club are serious about their goal of achieving Premier League and Champions League glory.
“It’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt,” Alisson told the club’s official website. “In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. You can be certain that I’ll give my all.”
Alisson’s arrival instantly addresses the club’s biggest remaining weakness, and while the fee is certainly steep, he is a signing that means the club are now co-favourites along with Manchester City to win the league this season.
For Liverpool, now, such talk is no longer hope and hyperbole. It’s reality. One of the strongest squads in England and Champions League finalists last season, after an already successful summer, got even better today.