Yet again Roma have sold one of their best players to Liverpool, just as they did last year with Mohamed Salah. This summer, the Italian giants sold goalkeeper Alisson Becker to the Reds for a reported fee of around £66.9 million. This is a hefty sum to reinvest in the transfer kitty, but at 25 years old the Brazilian still has his best years ahead of him. Roma went on to regret the Salah sale, will it be the same case with Alisson?
Liverpool have announced themselves as serious Premier League title contenders this summer with their efficient business in the transfer market. Perhaps the most important signing of all is the player they acquired from Roma. Jürgen Klopp has addressed the club’s long need for a world class shot stopper between the sticks and brought in World Cup star Allison from the Giallorossi. This business has put the Reds as firm challengers among bookies, and they can be backed at 4/1 in the football betting to win the title at the time of writing.
Roma were dubious about doing business with Liverpool after last summer. The board were still sore from letting Salah go for a mere £36.9 million. The Egyptian went on to take the English top flight by storm and ended the campaign as the top scorer in the division with 32 goals. In doing so, the 26-year-old is now worth around triple the sum that the Merseyside outfit paid for him. Roma will feel that they have received appropriate compensation for their former goalkeeper, but at such a young age he too could be worth a lot more in the years to come.
Alisson is a relative newcomer to the top level, having only spent two seasons in one of Europe’s elite divisions. In fact, he only made his Serie A debut at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, but went on to have a stunning season. The 25-year-old kept a total of 22 clean sheets last time out, with five of those coming in the Champions League. His performances were so eye-catching that he managed to force his way into the Brazil national team as Tite’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup in Russia. This was quite remarkable seeing as though the manager also had Manchester City’s top flight-winning stopper Ederson at his disposal.
Liverpool’s new singing will start the season as Klopp’s first choice goalkeeper, and the Brazilian will be expected to help the Anfield side become an even more free-flowing attacking unit. Allison has been praised for his exceptional ball playing skills, and is one of the best in the world at starting attacks from the back. He had a 78.9 percent pass completion rate last term, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the goalkeeper register some assists in the season ahead if he can punt long balls into speedy Salah’s path.
Although Roma have been paid off handsomely in exchange for Alisson, this looks like another loss that could come back to haunt the Italian club. The Brazilian is just getting started in his career, and almost certainly has his best years ahead of him.