Jurgen Klopp reveals why he chose Alisson over Jan Oblak

The Brazil International became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper

Liverpool were expected to strengthen the squad this summer and Jurgen Klopp has issued a a statement of intent in bolstering his squad during the transfer window by completing 4 signings.

The Reds have secured the signing of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, Fabinho from Monaco, Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City and the latest Alisson Becker from Roma.

The Brazil international moved from Roma earlier this month for £65 million,nearly double the £34.7 million it cost Manchester City to snare Ederson the season before. He became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

Klopp had goalkeeper problems last season as Simon Mignolet was replaced by Loris Karius as the club’s first choice goalkeeper and he did a good job until the Champions League final against Real Madrid. His two huge mistakes in the final costem them the match.

The Premier League giants prioritized signing a new goalkeeper but only if they found a significant upgrade. They were linked with host of goalkeepers, with the Brazilian one of them and the other prominent one was Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

Klopp has revealed that he chose Alisson over Oblak because the deal for the former was a more cheaper option.

“Everybody thinks it’s a lot of money. It is a lot of money, but he could’ve left for crazy money,” Klopp told ESPN FC as quoted by Mirror.

“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.”

“We are really fine with our goalkeepers. So there’s no doubts (about) Simon Mignolet – big quality, absolutely Premier League highest-level quality, Loris Karius as well,” he added.

“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.”

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