Champions League finalists Liverpool are not expected to make a bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, according to Sky Sports.
The Reds’ need for a good quality stopper has been apparent for a number of years, and after the disaster that Loris Karius suffered in Kiev, the desire to strengthen in that position has only got stronger.
They have been linked with the Brazil international Alisson for much of 2018, even though the keeper didn’t really impressed in the Champions League semi-final between the two last season.
However it appears they have gone stale on that ambition due to the Italian club wanting £80 million for his services. That would be a world record fee for a goalkeeper, and would eclipse Liverpool’s record fee paid which was £75 million for Virgil van Dijk in January.
The 25-year-old is widely expected to leave Roma this summer with Real Madrid a potential target, and if he has a good tournament with Brazil at the World Cup, his fee could rise even higher which may definitely end any lingering interest the Anfield side have of capturing him.
Alisson is one of the most talked up goalkeepers in Europe, with him impressing in his 64 appearances in all competitions for the Italian outfit since arriving from Internacional in July 2016.
He kept 17 clean sheets in Serie A last season, with only former Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina of Napoli keeping more, and that sort of form has seen him gain interest from a number of big clubs.
Unless Roma are prepared to drop their asking price for the Brazilian, and with the number of top quality clubs looking at him that would seem unlikely, the Reds will be forced to look elsewhere to fill their requirement between the sticks, with a move for a Premier League keeper looking more likely.