Despite being the most expensive goalkeeper in history, Alisson will soon pay back the money spent by Liverpool on Brazil’s number one
Liverpool have finally completed the signing of Alisson Becker from AS Roma, for a world record of around $87 million, surpassing the previous number set by Gianluigi Buffon when Italian giants Juventus purchased his services from Parma back in 2001, for $62 million. It’s no doubt a crazy sum, but Brazil’s number one is ready for this new challenge.
After a series of long transfers sagas with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool, the latter was able to win the race for the Brazilian number one. The 25-year-old had a debut season to forget, when Roma had brought him from Internacional in 2016 and only played Italian Cup and Europa League games, but the following campaign was totally different. Many pundits agree that the 25-year old was arguably the best goalkeeper in Serie A over the nine months, beating competition from the likes of Gigi Buffon, Pepe Reina and Samir Handanovic.
Most expensive goalkeepers in history :
1. Alisson 🇧🇷 : Roma – Liverpool €75m
2. Buffon 🇮🇹 : Parma – Juventus €53m
3. Ederson 🇧🇷 : Benfica – Man City €40m
4. Neuer 🇩🇪 : Schalke – Bayern Munich €30m
5. Pickford 🏴: Sunderland – Everton
— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) July 20, 2018
In addition to that, Alisson was named as the joint-best goalkeeper in the UEFA Champions League, alongside Keylor Navas. His superb performances across the competition, especially against Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Barcelona, were an essential reason as to why AS Roma went as far as reaching the semi-finals of the greatest club competition in the world. Becker has grown in terms of confidence and maturity, and is ready to take a bigger step in his career.
At the 2018 World Cup, Alisson admittedly did not win the hearts of Brazil fans and he looked a little bit shaky, generally speaking, and his passing looked off its usual standards. However, he did not commit any blunders that led to a goal, or that caused Brazil’s elimination. While he wasn’t considered brilliant, he was not a weakness either. Considering that most top goalkeepers had a disappointing tournament in Russia, Alisson was not below the average.
Again, generally speaking, Alisson is usually a good passer of the ball, despite not showing it in the World Cup – which could have been down to the enormous pressure of realizing his childhood dream of representing Brazil. In a league season with Liverpool, he will have plenty of time to settle at the club. His passing game will be important to release the ball from the back, or to even launch Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah on counter attacks, something he often did at AS Roma last season. In modern football, most top clubs rely on a goalkeeper with good abilities on the ball, and Becker is certainly one who fits in the criteria.
Ederson had an interesting debut season at Manchester City, helping Pep Guardiola’s men claim the English Premier League title for the first time under the Spanish tactician. The former Benfica-man was regarded as one of the best at his position in England. It will be interesting to see who from the two will stand-out the most and book himself the rights to be the Seleção’s number one in the 2019 Copa América, set to be hosted on home soil.