Pele sends message of support to Alisson after completing Liverpool switch

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It speaks even greater volumes of the direction of the market that, just over a year on from the Salah deal, Liverpool have returned to the table with Roma to complete the breath-taking £67m signing of goalkeeper Alisson from the Serie A giants.

Alisson is set to move to the Premier League for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper after keeping 17 clean sheets in 37 Serie A appearances last season. "In terms of my life and my career, it's a huge step for me being part of this club and this family".

Alisson's move to Liverpool reunited him with Mohamed Salah, who left Roma for Liverpool this time last summer.

And three-time World Cup victor Pele is also hoping Alisson can thrive at Anfield, as the 77-year-old sent a message to his compatriot on Twitter.

He will take over for Loris Karius, who had been Liverpool's No. 1 last season.

Roma confirmed on Thursday that the Brazil worldwide stands to earn the Giallorossi up to €72.5million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

The previous record fee for a keeper was the 53m euros paid by Juventus to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.

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GETTY Liverpool transfer news Alisson spoke to Brazil team-mate Ederson before the move

Of course, for a long time it's been clear that Alisson is a top-class goalkeeper, but there was never a real chance to do it. "I don't think many people have realised who Alisson is", Negrisolo told newspaper "Il Romanista".

"The full package is just too good".

It is hard to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets or goals conceded.

Alisson also made more stops in the UEFA Champions League (46) in 2017/18 than any other goalkeeper.

Alisson Becker believes that playing for Liverpool FC will end up making him very happy after he completed his move to Merseyside this week.

"Putting the result aside, which was an unfortunate moment in my career - but it wasn't my first defeat and won't be my last, we have to deal with these things as professionals - it was an unbelievable game". I understand City are the champions and produced excellent football last season, but we will do our best to get the title from them and make everyone here happy'.

Given the Brazilian's underlying statistics at Roma, however, Alisson could threaten de Gea's status as the go-to premium goalkeeping option - and costs half a million less.

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