Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defends £67million Alisson fee

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defends £67million Alisson fee


KLOPP HITS BACK

The Reds boss also gives a bizarre reason for why he signed the Brazil goalkeeper

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended the signing of Alisson for a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

But the Reds boss has offered a bizarre explanation to why he brought the Brazil number one to Anfield.

Alisson arrived in Merseyside from Roma earlier this month in a deal which could rise to £67million.

But the Reds boss insists the club were forced to spend big to land a top quality goalkeeper this summer due to the lack of options elsewhere.

Slovenian gloveman Jan Oblak was another of Klopp’s targets, but his buy-out clause from Atletico Madrid proved too expensive for the Premier League side.


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“Everybody thinks it’s a lot of money. It is a lot of money, but he could’ve left for crazy money,” Klopp explained in an interview with ESPN FC.

“The clause for Oblak for example is 100m euros (£89m), so nice!

“The goalkeeper market is different because it’s not each year that there is anybody available.

“We didn’t know exactly if Alisson is available or not, but from a specific moment we realised obviously he is available and that’s the moment when we decided we want to go for him.”

But the boss also gave a half-hearted reason why the club decided to go all-out to sign a new goalkeeper this summer.

Klopp has had a long-standing problem between the sticks since his appointment at Anfield.

He inherited Simon Mignolet as his number one, but the inconsistent Belgian was later dropped for young German Loris Karius, who then made two huge mistakes in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

But Klopp has refused to lay blame on either goalkeeper for their form and has now hailed both Mignolet and Karius as ‘highest-level Premier League quality’.

That only raises the question why he felt the need to sign Alisson in the first place and, when quizzed, the German danced around the subject.

“We are really fine with our goalkeepers,” he added.

“There are no doubts (about) Simon Mignolet – big quality, absolutely Premier League highest-level quality, Loris Karius as well.

Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have not been convincing in the Liverpool net

Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have not been convincing in the Liverpool net

“Yes, we all know what happened in the final, but we know as well why it’s not about that. It’s not the reason (for signing Alisson).

“We really wanted to bring in a player which we didn’t have before to be honest and that’s what happened with Alisson.”

Meanwhile, Roma president James Palotta has admitted he was delighted with the club’s business.

“In Alisson’s case, come on, let’s be serious. You know, 70m euros is a lot,” he told SiriusXM FC.





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