Mission completed: Liverpool break goalkeeping world record fee for Alisson

Liverpool have announced the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker from AS Roma.

The deal, believed to be worth £68M, smashes the world record for a goalkeeper in football.

The 25 year old has spent two seasons at AS Roma and recently returned from World Cup duty with Brazil, with whom he has over 30 caps.

The reds announced the signing shortly after a 2-0 friendly win over Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool met AS Roma's valuation of the player last night, believed to involve £58M up front, and the player has signed a six year deal with the club.  Liverpool have been dogged in their pursuit of the player following the conclusion of the World Cup.

He flew out to Liverpool last night and completed his medical this morning.

Speaking to the club after signing his contract, the player said:

 "I'm really happy, it's a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning.

"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."

The Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp added, with a degree of caution:

"At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers - then it’s not a long thought, to be honest, it’s only that you need to have a little talk with the owners! They were quite excited, so we did it.

“I think it’s something we have to do. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price, it’s the market, that’s how it is and we will not think a lot about it.

"The full package is just too good.

“How we all do, he needs to adapt to the English Premier League, that’s how it is. The league is different, the refs are different, the goalkeeper life is different in the Premier League.

The Liverpool team now head to the United States for the continuation of their pre-season tour, with Alisson likely to return after it's completion alongside Roberto Firmino.

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Mission completed: Liverpool break goalkeeping world record fee for Alisson

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