London, July 20: Liverpool FC has confirmed that it has completed the signing of Brazilian netminder Alisson Becker from AS Roma for a 67-million-pound ($87.2-million) transfer fee, a world record for a goalkeeper.
The 25-year-old goalie signed a long-term contract with the Reds after undergoing a medical, the club said on its website on Thursday, without providing further details.
Alisson played 49 games for Roma last season and helped lead the Serie A club to the Champions League semi-final round, where it lost to Liverpool 7-6 on aggregate.
The Brazilian also was his national team’s starting goalkeeper in all five matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, a campaign that ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the quarter-finals.
In a lengthy interview on the Reds’ Web site, the team’s fourth new arrival of the summer described the qualities he will be bringing to the Premier League club.
“I’m quick to come off my line. I’m an agile ‘keeper; despite being tall, I’ve got very good agility and strength in my legs,” Alisson said.
He also said he liked having the ball at his feet and could help the team’s attack. “When the play starts from the back and the ball arrives in a good way for the attackers to shoot, it’s always better,” the goalie added. IANS