I'll always carry Roma in my heart, says Liverpool signing Alisson

Virgil van Dijk arrived at Liverpool in January as the world's most expensive defender

The Brazilian, 25, passed a medical on Thursday and has signed a six-year deal at Anfield.

Having spent his first season as understudy to Wojciech Szczesny at the Stadio Olimpico, Alisson only broke through as Roma's first choice in goal last season, following the departure of his Polish counterpart to Juventus last summer.

The new Liverpool shot-stopper started all five games for Brazil at the World Cup in Russian Federation where they bowed out in a quarter-final defeat by Belgium.

"Yesterday, [Salah] sent me a message to say 'Hey, what are you waiting for?'" he said.

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With van Dijk stationed in front of him and Liverpool's defence in general showing signs of improvement last season, the signs are positive for Alisson's debut campaign as an FPL asset.

"You can be certain that I'll give my all".

Alisson is strong in both departments, which ought to mean he can mop up behind Liverpool's high line as well as ease their long-term trouble with set-pieces.

The Reds have not revealed how much they have paid for the Brazil number one but Roma said the deal is worth up to £66.8m (72.5m euros). "The owners were quite excited, so we did it".

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"I actually think now they (Liverpool) have got a chance, they can win the league", Saunders told talkSPORT. We were not too bad previous year but we had to improve and we tried that on the transfer market.

Liverpool's £75m splurge on van Dijk to become the rock at the heart of defence which Jurgen Klopp's side had long required seems to have revised that tradition.

For several seasons, Premier League fans of all clubs have suggested that Man United might be worse off were it not for De Gea's heroics; well, Alisson essentially matched him save-for-save last term, per goal conceded and base total.

"The full package is just too good".

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Juve have reached the final of the Champions League twice in the past four years and Roma reached the semifinal last season. I will work hard. "It gives me so much momentum for the future". "It was a really stunning moment for me", he added.

Alisson had always been linked with a move away from Roma after enjoying a fine season in 2017-18, playing a big role in the side which reached the Champions League semi-finals, before being eliminated by the Reds.

"Yes (the atmosphere) in part it did influence the decision", he said.

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