Alisson, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, will be thrown in the deep end almost immediately as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that the Brazilian custodian will make his debut on Saturday when the Reds take on Serie A side Napoli.
“It’s pretty likely (he’ll make his debut). We should not waste time.Then it’ll be nearly a week, or six days in training, since he (started) and yes, he will play,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the club website.
Liverpool paid Roma a world-record fee (for a goalkeeper) of £66.8 million to sign the 25-year-old and the South American shot-stopper has already made quite the impact with a stunning point-blank save to deny Marjo Grujic on the first day of training itself.
And Klopp has made no effort to hide his delight at signing a player who is supposed to end Liverpool’s long-standing goalkeeping woes.
“I’m very pleased (to be able to work with him), 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.”
Liverpool, after playing Napoli, take on Torino in their final pre-season fixture on Tuesday night.
So far, it’s been a great summer for the Merseyside outfit, for not only have they made a number of high-profile signings, but their form on the pitch has seen them labelled as title favourites for the Premier League.
“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.”
The Reds host West Ham United for their 2018/19 Premier League season opener on August 12.
“It’s only positive, even the performances in training – which is not too important in the beginning – are already exceptional, so all good,” the German tactician added.