Alisson reveals a special text message from Salah

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Speaking to his new club's official website, the goalkeeper expressed his excitement at reuniting with former Roma teammate Mohamed Salah, while admitting he was influenced in part by the Reds' 5-2 victory over the Giallorossi at Anfield last season.

The 25-year-old travelled to England on a private jet on Wednesday evening and will undergo a medical with the Reds in the next few days.

He has been at Roma for two years, and played 37 Serie A games in 2017-18.

"I'm really happy, it's a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning", Alisson told liverpoolfc.com.

The Brazil number one, who played at this summer's World Cup, falls into the same premium bracket as Hugo Lloris, Ederson and Thibaut Courtois, with only David de Gea (£6.0m) a more expensive goalkeeping option in FPL.

Of course, for a club whose entire fan base remains traumatised by the performance of their goalkeeper in June's Champions League final, none of that really matters.

Klopp claimed he encountered little resistance from the Liverpool hierarchy in splurging on a highly rated replacement for the much-maligned Loris Karius.

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The sum is almost 50 percent more than the 100 billion Italian lire (about €52 million) Juventus paid to acquire Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon from Parma - although that was way back in 2001.

"The full package is just good", the coach added. "They were quite excited, so we did it", said Klopp.

Referring to the fee paid by Liverpool, Klopp said: "I think it's something we have to do".

"How we all do, he needs to adapt to the English Premier League, that's how it is".

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.

"Liverpool FC needs just the highest quality goalkeepers and that's what we have at the moment, we'll see now what we do in the next few weeks".

However, they will have to go someway to win the league crown, as reigning champions Manchester City will surely start as favourites after running away with the title last season under Pep Guardiola.

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