Who Is Alisson? Liverpool Make Brazilian Soccer Star the Most Expensive Goalkeeper Ever

Liverpool have broken the transfer record for a goalkeeper, after Roma accepted their $87.2 million offer for Alisson.

Last season's Champions League runners-up have already made arrangements for a medical for the 25-year-old, who started each of Brazil's five games at the World Cup and reportedly spoke to Reds manager Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday.

Chelsea were interested in the Brazilian but failed to submit an offer for the player, who has now become the most expensive goalkeeper in history, eclipsing the $52.1 million Manchester City paid Benfica for Ederson last summer.

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Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson leaves his team's hotel in Kazan on July 7, 2018, a day after the five-time champions crashed out of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Belgium. The Brazilian has joined Liverpool in a $87 million deal. Benjamin Cremel/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool initially had an $81.5 million offer rejected, but their second bid convinced Roma and the offer—which includes add-ons and will be paid over two years—was accepted.

The Brazilian becomes Liverpool's fourth signing of the summer and would provide an immediate upgrade on Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius—whose two mistakes cost Liverpool the Champions League final against Real Madrid in May—neither of whom has fully convinced Klopp.

Born in Novo Hamburgo, in Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, Alisson made his professional debut with Internacional in 2013, after spending four years in the youth ranks of the Port Alegre-based team.

After winning the Campeonato Gaucho—Rio Grande do Sul's state championship—in each of the four seasons at the club and making a combined 56 appearances in Brazil's national league and the Copa Libertadores, Alisson moved to Roma in an $8.7 million deal.

In his first season in the Eternal City, the Brazilian did not play a single league game as he spent the campaign as Wojciech Szczesny's understudy. However, last summer the Poland international left for Juventus, opening the door of the first team to Alisson.

Given the chance to impress, the latter seized the opportunity admirably, emerging as one of Serie A's best goalkeepers and his 80.1 percent save success rate was the best of any of his colleagues in Italy.

By comparison, only Manchester United's David De Gea had a better success rate among Premier League goalkeepers, with 80.3 percent.

Alisson's performances helped the Giallorossi to a third-place finish and to the Champions League semifinals, where they were eliminated by Liverpool.

Extremely agile and reactive despite his imposing frame, the goalkeeper was one of Brazil's ever-present players at the World Cup and has now amassed 31 caps with the Selecao, since making his debut in October 2015 against Venezuela in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The new Liverpool man represented his country at Under 17 and Under 20 levels, winning the prestigious Toulon tournament with the latter group in 2013.

The Brazilian married his wife Natalia, a doctor he met while playing for Internacional, and the couple have a young daughter—Helena.

A fan of chimarrao tea—a favorite drink of many South American soccer players in Europe—and a good guitar player, Alisson has long been tipped to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian goalkeepers Claudio Taffarel, Dida and Julio Cesar, who established themselves in Europe.

For now, Liverpool would be delighted if Alisson has the same impact as the last player they signed from Roma, Mohamed Salah.

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