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'It's pretty likely' - Alisson set for Liverpool debut in Dublin after world-record deal for a goalkeeper

Jurgen Klopp will field Alisson for the first time against Napoli at the Aviva Stadium.

ALISSON WILL MAKE his Liverpool debut in their penultimate pre-season friendly against Napoli on Saturday in Dublin following his world-record switch from Roma.

alisson-cropped_s2ivfl2qx3pm1eftbgzyqk8v0 Alisson joined Liverpool from Roma.

The Brazil international had long been linked with a move to Anfield before the deal was confirmed on 19 July, with neither Simon Mignolet nor Loris Karius convincing last term – the latter at fault for two goals in the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Liverpool ended the speculation by finally signing Alisson after the World Cup, agreeing a deal with Roma which could eventually see the Serie A side collect €72.5million.

And with the 25-year-old returning to training at the end of last week, Klopp says he is ready to pull on a Liverpool jersey for the first time this weekend at the Aviva Stadium.

“It’s pretty likely [he will play against Napoli],” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

“We should not waste time. Then it’ll be nearly a week, or six days in training, since he [began training] and yes, he will play.

“I’m very pleased [to work with Alisson], but first of all it’s very important he can start now because the season starts in one and a half weeks. Each player in the world needs training and time to adapt to his mates.

Serbia v Brazil - FIFA World Cup 2018 - Group E - Otkrytiye Arena Alisson was in action for Brazil in the World Cup this summer in Russia. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

“We have two games to do that before we start, so it’s really good. He obviously has a real presence, he’s smart, he’s very nice and it’s good to have him around.

“It’s only positive, even the performances in training – which is not too important in the beginning – are already exceptional, so all good.”

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