Liverpool’s signing of Alisson is a big ‘lift’ for the club ahead of the new Premier League season, according to the club’s former captain Phil Thompson.
Alisson arrived at Anfield from Roma this summer for a then-record fee of £67m ($86m), making him the most expensive goalkeeper in football. The Brazilian shot-stopper has spent the summer on international duty in Russia for the World Cup, impressing as Tite’s number one during the Selecao’s run to the quarter-finals.
At club level, he had been at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome since 2016, breaking through as first choice keeper last season and ultimately becoming an integral part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The well-documented troubles of Liverpool’s regular goalkeeper Loris Karius in 2018 persuaded Jurgen Klopp to dip into the market for a more reliable man between the sticks. In the 25-year-old former Roma man, he has found exactly that and his inclusion in the squad this season has left supporters excited to see if the signing of Alisson can be the catalyst for a genuine title challenge.
Former Liverpool defender Thompson has emphasised the importance of bringing in a new goalkeeper and hails the club’s overall transfer window as ‘fantastic’.
"Liverpool have their business done nice and early, unlike some clubs who have been caught out. For Liverpool, though, I think it has been a fantastic window," Thompson told Sky Sports.
"What we are really pleased about is the goalkeeping situation.
“We all thought this had to be nailed down and there has to be a change. And he did it and he spent very, very big. That was fantastic and it gives everyone a lift.
"So that is a massive area and, if Liverpool go on and win the league title, he will be the signing of the window.
"We have seen how well David de Gea has done at Man Utd and the points that he saves. That was one area that needed to be sorted.
"This fella has kept Ederson out of the national side, so he is a good goalkeeper."
Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita were also added to the squad over the summer, and Thompson is happy with the increased depth and quality within Klopp’s ranks.
Thompson added: “Then there is in midfield where we needed a bit of an aggressor, and Keita brings that.
"He was sent off four times last year, so a little bit of nastiness helps in the side. Plus he gets goals. And Shaqiri will bring goals from midfield."