Liverpool launch world record bid for star Brazlian goalkeeper to replace under-fire Loris Karius
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has persistently vowed to stand by keeper Loris Karius despite his disastrous performance in last season's Champions League finals, but reports suggest the Anfield club are eyeing up a first choice keeper after all.
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that Liverpool have made a world record offer of up to €70m to sign Roma's Brazilian keeper Alisson, who played a key role in the club's run to last season's Champions League semi-finals.
Roma's European dream died as they were beaten by Liverpool in the last four of the competition and it appears Klopp is now eyeing up a move to bring 25-year-old keeper Alisson to Anfield.
While Liverpool fans are fiercely loyal to manager Klopp, his eagerness to stand by Karius has been a point of major concern in recent weeks, with Anfield goal-scoring great John Aldridge among those voicing his assertion that the Reds need a new No.1.
"How on earth does Karius come back from errors of that magnitude in a Champions League final?," Aldridge asked in his Sunday World column.
"The truth is, he probably can’t come back in a Liverpool shirt as those kinds of errors in a game of that magnitude cannot be forgotten quickly. The fans have been all over him on social media and if he is standing between the sticks for Liverpool in the opening game of the season, just imagine the pressure he will be under.
"You have to ask a question or two of the Liverpool manager on this issue. So many observers have suggested Karius was not up to the job of being first choice keeper for the club and that decision came back to bite him.
"Klopp has got so much right this season and during his tenure as Liverpool manager, but he has not solved the goalkeeping problem and he has to make sure that issue is resolved this summer."
Aldridge's views will be echoed by a majority of Liverpool fans, with surveys carried out by the Liverpool Echo in recent days confirming the club's fans are keen to see a new keeper arrive at Anfield, especially after Karius made another big mistake in a pre-season game at Tranmere last week.
Now it appears the wheels may be in motion for Alisson to arrive at Anfield, with the keeper reported to be keen to make the move to Liverpool.