The arrival of Alisson Becker could be the final piece of the jigsaw Jürgen Klopp has been assembling at Liverpool.
After taking the Reds to two European finals in his two campaigns on the continent, Klopp has delivered hugely on his promise to turn supporters from “doubters to believers”, but is missing the final bit of quality to turn Liverpool into winners.
Signing Virgil van Dijk for a world record fee for a defender in January, at £75 million, showed that he meant business at Anfield, as did his bosses over in America. It was an addition that sparked a run to the Champions League final, only for Loris Karius to make the two biggest howlers he’ll likely ever make, resulting in defeat.
Thus, signing a new goalkeeper this summer – one that was ready to take Liverpool to the next level – was imperative. Alisson is that signing.
He was comfortably the best goalkeeper in Italy last season, helping guide AS Roma to the brink of the Champions League final.
His impact in league football was astounding, with xGA suggesting Roma should have conceded 38 goals. However, Alisson had other ideas, with the Rome side conceding just 28.
With a top drawer goalkeeper to play behind a solid back line of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Loven, Van Dijk and Andy Robertson, Klopp could have one of the most formidable defences in Europe.
Further up the pitch is where many would argue Liverpool didn’t need much improvement. The additions of Fabinho and Naby Keita have given Klopp’s midfield a scary, powerful new look.
Liverpool scored 135 goals last season, with over 90 coming from Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, and adding defensive solidity in the form of Alisson doubles their impact.
Last season proved that a couple of top quality signings would pull them up closer to Manchester City – whom they beat three times – and Alisson could be just what Klopp needs.
Ever since his arrival at Anfield in 2015, it has felt like Klopp has been making steady improvements, slowly adding pieces to his jigsaw.
I think he’s finally about to complete it.