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Liverpool make record £62m offer for Roma goalkeeper Alisson - reports

The Reds are hoping to lure Brazil’s number one to Anfield, but the 25-year-old will come at a cost.

Alisson was Brazil's first choice stopper at the World Cup this summer.
Alisson was Brazil's first choice stopper at the World Cup this summer.

LIVERPOOL HAVE REPORTEDLY bid £62 million (€70m) deal for goalkeeper Alisson.

The Reds are desperate to land the Brazil international and are prepared to pay a world-record fee for a keeper in order to do so, according to a number of outlets including the BBC.

Crucially, they have received encouragement from Roma that the Serie A side are willing to sell.

Liverpool had feared they would be priced out of a move for the 25-year-old, and that they may have been beaten by Real Madrid, who had also expressed an interest.

Chelsea are another club to have been credited with an interest in the goalkeeper over fears that they may lose Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.

There is, however, a growing confidence that a deal between Liverpool and Roma can be agreed, with the Serie A side already believed to be eyeing up replacements.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola is thought to be on their radar, while highly-rated AC Milan number one Gianluigi Donnarumma is another to have been mentioned.

Alisson was identified as Jurgen Klopp’s preferred target last season, with the Reds boss aware that none of Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet or Danny Ward have nailed down the number one shirt at Anfield.

Chester v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly - Deva Stadium Klopp and Karius. Source: Mike Egerton

Karius’s errors in the Champions League final in Kiev, and doubts about the lasting effect they will have on his confidence, have reintensified Liverpool’s efforts to recruit Alisson, while Ward is said to be impressing Klopp in training and could get a chance to stake his claim if a deal does not get finalised.

Now, the obstacle is agreeing a fee with Roma, who are keen to avoid a repeat of last summer when they sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool at what now looks a ridiculously low fee.

The Italian club have made it clear that they are not prepared for the same to happen with Alisson.

Liverpool play Blackburn in a friendly on Thursday, which Ward is set to start, and fly to the USA for a three-game tour on Saturday morning.

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