Brazil Keeper Coach Opens Up About Liverpool Move
Liverpool transfer target Alisson isn’t looking to leave Roma according to the goalkeeping coach of the Brazil national team.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield this summer as the Reds look to replace one or both of Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet. Real Madrid have also been linked.
But speaking to Italian radio station Tele Radio Stereo, goalkeeping coach Claudio Taffarel insists that Alisson could stay with the Serie A side.
“Alisson is very happy at Roma and the rumours of a transfer are just rumours. I don’t know what will happen, but he said he’d be content to remain at Roma.”
Alisson is keeping Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson out of the Brazil starting line-up and Taffarel claims the Roma man is the better keeper of the two.
“Alisson is only a year older than Ederson, but has grown so much, ever since he was given the starting role against Venezuela,” he added.
“He is a step above Ederson right now, as the Manchester City man can improve with his feet and in terms of experience.
“Alisson could be named among the best goalkeepers in the world, along with Thibaut Courtois, David De Gea and Manuel Neuer.”
Roma’s valuation of Alisson varies between £50million and €100million (£87million). Either way, it would be a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
Fekir Chose Shirt Number
Nabil Fekir had already chosen his Liverpool shirt number before his Anfield move was scuppered.
The France international was ready to complete a £61million transfer from Lyon to Liverpool. However, the Premier League side tried to get the fee reduced after seeing the results of his medical. Fekir suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury three years ago and the Reds feared it could flare up again.
But according to L’Equipe, Liverpool were so convinced that the move would go ahead they asked Fekir to choose his shirt number. Although his choice hasn’t been made public the number 10 shirt is currently available.
However, France Football Federation president Noel Le Graet believes the medical wasn’t an issue and believes the move could still go through.
“I felt optimistic about it because the medical visit he had was positive,” Le Graet told Le Progres.
“In a transfer, it’s always like that. Each one tries to impose its price, to lower it, or to increase it.”