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Question marks over Alisson but Liverpool will scare Man City - Souness

22:28 GMT+4 05/08/2018
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The former Reds captain is hoping to see a big-money summer signing help to get Jurgen Klopp's side closer to a Premier League title challenge

There remains “a question mark” against Alisson despite Liverpool’s record-breaking deal, says Graeme Souness, but the Reds are set to be the side that Manchester City will “fear the most”.

Jurgen Klopp has spent big this summer in an effort to push his side closer to the top-flight crown, with those at Anfield having finished 25 points off record-breaking pace last season.

Brazil international Alisson is among those to have been drafted in, with a £67 million ($87m) deal making him the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

The 25-year-old impressed on his pre-season bow against Napoli on Saturday, but Souness believes he still has plenty to prove if he is to be the answer in a problematic area for Liverpool.

The former Reds captain wrote in a column for the Sunday Times: “A goalkeeper was clearly a priority and Liverpool have broken the world record for that position by signing Alisson from Roma for £67m.

“He played in Brazil and Portugal, then was initially kept out of the Roma team by Wojciech Szczesny, who found English football difficult at Arsenal.

“So he’s not coming with 300-400 games at the highest level under his belt and, despite the fee, there has to be a question mark against him.”

While Souness is yet to be convinced by Alisson, he has been impressed by the work overseen by Klopp.

Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri have also been added to the Liverpool squad this summer, leading to a feeling on Merseyside that the Reds can challenge for major honours in 2018-19.

“If their signings work out, if the goalkeeper is a proper one and the new midfielders are workaholics who can handle our football, Liverpool will push City all the way in the two big competitions this season - the Premier League and the Champions League,” added Souness.

“They are the team that City will fear most, unless somebody goes on a late summer spending spree. They must put Pep Guardiola's side under pressure and see if they crack.”

Liverpool have one more friendly fixture to take in before competitive action resumes, against Torino on Tuesday.

They will open their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 12, before going on to face Crystal Palace and Brighton in the first month of the season.