Who is Alisson Becker? All you need to know about the 'Messi of goalkeepers' as Liverpool complete signing
Liverpool have signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker in a world record transfer.
The fee, expected to be around £66.9m, far eclipses the £35m paid by Manchester City for Alisson's compatriot Ederson last summer.
So just how does the 25 year-old justify such a high price tag?
Here's the low-down on Alisson.
All you need to know about Alisson
Full name: Alisson Ramses Becker
Age: 25 years old
Height: 6ft 4in
Home-town: Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Club career: Alisson began his senior career with his boyhood club Internacional in Brazil. He made 83 league starts for the club over the course of four seasons before earning a move to Roma for €7.5m in 2016. He made only 15 appearances during his first season in Italy, none in Serie A. However, when Wojciech Szczęsny's loan spell ended, Alisson stepped up to become the club's number one last summer.
International career: Alisson made his senior Brazil debut in 2016 during a 2-0 friendly victory over Panama. He has been the country's number one keeper since, starting every game at the 2016 Copa America and this year's World Cup in Russia, as well as all but two of his nation's World Cup qualifying matches in between.
Strengths: Sky Italy's Augusto De Bartolo explained why many see him as a special talent earlier this year. He even referred to Alisson as 'the complete goalkeeper' and said it's difficult to pinpoint any major weaknesses. "His major strength is the ability to be in the right position in order to cover a large portion of the goal," said De Bartolo. "If you look at his movements in a game, especially when forwards are bearing down on goal, he always adjusts his position according to the movement of the ball. Another of his big strengths is distribution and in that regard he is considered to be as good as Ederson. And finally, Alisson excels when it comes to anticipation. The keeper thinks like a striker and tries to anticipate if the opposition forward will dribble or shoot, and how he will shoot."
Statistics: Alisson kept 17 clean sheets in 37 Serie A games last season, conceding 28 goals in the remaining 20 games. Liverpool conceded 10 more goals over the course of their league season.
The Messi of goalkeepers: That's what he has been dubbed by former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo, who has also said Alisson reminds him of legendary Italian stopper Dino Zoff. "I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is," he said. "This guy is a phenomenon. He is the number one of number ones. He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can define an era."
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