By Richard Parks
Steven Gerrard has claimed on BT Sport that Liverpool could sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson this summer.
The Merseyside giants have been strongly linked with a move for the Brazilian shot-stopper after his outstanding form for the Serie A side in the last two seasons.
Asked by presenter Gary Lineker on BT Sport 2’s live coverage of the build-up to Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday night of Alisson could be at Anfield next season, club legend and current Under-18s manager Gerrard said: “I think it depends on what happens with Simon Mignolet. If Simon wants to stay about or wants more game time…
“Jurgen [Klopp] has come out and said Loris Karius is the number one and he has done a lot better of late. But he (Klopp) will want two top-class keepers in.”
It has been speculated that Alisson is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper in history this summer, surpassing the world-record £34.7million that Manchester City paid for his Brazil teammate Ederson Moraes.
Alisson joined Roma for £7million from Internacional in the summer of 2016, and has gone on to make 59 appearances for the club and established himself as Brazil’s number one.
Karius has emerged as the new No1 at Anfield in recent months after taking over from Mignolet, who lost his place after a string of errors.
Football Insider verdict:
The evidence is growing that Allison would improve Liverpool’s goalkeeper position in exactly the same way as January signing Virgil van Dijk has proved to be the immediate answer for the previous problem centre-back role. The keeper has improved rapidly at Roma and looks every bit as authoritative and commanding in Serie A as Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon. He will cost the earth, but could develop into the best on the planet. Karius has certainly improved, but there are still question marks over him. Allison would be a brilliant signing for Liverpool.