Liverpool new boy Alisson says it is ‘a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning.’
Alisson became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper on Thursday, having completed his €72.5m transfer to Liverpool.
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.
“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,” explained the Brazil No 1.
“In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. You can be certain that I’ll give my all.
“Salah? We didn’t have that much contact after he left Roma. We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League in April],” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Yesterday, he sent me a message saying: ‘Hey, what are you waiting for?’ As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straight away saying: ‘Calm down, I’m on my way!’
“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to play alongside him again. As well as being a great player, he is a huge character and a great person – which is the most important thing.
“To be with these great people and players day to day is fantastic for me. Last season’s Champions League semi-final? Yes, in part it did influence the decision.
“When you make an important decision like this it’s not just a decision to change clubs, it practically changes your entire life, my family’s life, my wife, my daughter.
“That game definitely did have an influence but I also watched other games. I’ve seen other games where I could see the way Klopp had the team playing.
“That has made me really excited to be part of this group. Apart from the fact that the club is massive, the players that have come through here and the titles won, hopefully I can play a part in the history being created here, win titles and be a part of the project that has been developed here in the past few years so we can see Liverpool rise once again.”
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