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That’s according to Liverpool insider Melissa Reddy, the senior football correspondent for JOE.co.uk.

The Reds landed Alisson in the summer for £65million and the goalkeeper has since had a major impact on the club’s fortunes.

Alisson has been a key member of a defence which has only conceded 13 goals in 23 Premier League matches, keeping 13 clean sheets in the process.

That resilient record helps see Liverpool sit top of the league table, four points clear of defending champions Manchester City, as they look to end the club’s 29-year wait for a title.

And according to Reddy, the Reds made sure to utilise the connections of Brazilian pair Coutinho and Roberto Firmino during international duty. 

It is believed the two South American forwards were used to extend Liverpool’s interest in shot-stopper Alisson with Real Madrid and Chelsea also keen on the 26-year-old at the same time.

That’s despite Coutinho having left to join Barcelona last January in a massive £142m deal.

In a long-read discussing Liverpool’s progress since their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last June, Reddy wrote on their pursuit of Alisson: “Michael Edwards had been tireless in ensuring Liverpool were not just part of the conversation to land Brazil’s No.1, but that they were directing it.

“The sporting director put in the work with Roma’s hierarchy, while Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho – the latter having departed for Barcelona – extended Liverpool’s sales pitch during international duty.

“Real Madrid, but more especially Chelsea, had designs on securing Alisson and so the Reds had to operate smartly and be patient to conclude a deal.

“Liverpool, and specifically goalkeeper coach John Achterberg, had been monitoring the Brazilian’s ascent since 2013 when he was still at Internacional.

“Two things were certain: he’d be worth the wait and he’d be worth more than his price tag.” 

Liverpool fans clamoured for a new keeper after Loris Karius’ horror show in the Champions League final, in which the German committed two major mistakes in a 3-1 defeat.

But Reddy added that Liverpool had been exploring the possibility of signing Alisson since 2017.

His capture did however change Liverpool’s initial plan for their goalkeeping situation. They had initially wanted to sell Simon Mignolet and keep Karius as No 2.

But after Karius’ mental struggles continued in pre-season, Klopp opted to loan him to Besiktas. 

Mignolet is likely to leave this coming summer having voiced his frustration at his lack of minutes at Anfield.



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