Alisson Becker is on the verge of completing his move to Liverpool, which would make him the World’s most expensive Goalkeeper but this really isn’t a surprise. For many, however, Alisson is an unknown commodity even though he was Brazil’s first choice at the FIFA World Cup and has become one of the best and the most sought-after Goalkeepers in the World.

Born in Novo Hamburgo, a small area in Porto Alegre, Alisson was born in a place that has always attracted many athletes as it is the shoe capital of Brazil. He started his career at the Internacional academy at the tender age of 10. And his rise from being a young kid to a regular starter for the under 23 squad caught the eye of many at his hometown club. As he rose through the ranks, his debut came 11 years later for the Porto Alegre based side and it didn’t take Alisson long to cement his place as a key member of the first team.

In 2015, he made 57 appearances for the club and Roma were the first to pay attention to the young 22 year old who was lighting up the Brazilian league. In the summer of 2016, Alisson sealed a move to Roma. The path to being Roma’s number one wasn’t easy as he made only 15 appearances in all competitions in his first season but when the opportunity came knocking the following year, he grabbed it with both hands. However, last year was Alisson’s breakthrough season. H e was not very well known as the season began but his performances in the Champions league caught the eye of many including Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Alisson has been described as a modern day complete goalkeeper. It is hard to find errors in the way he carries out his game. He makes himself big effortlessly and makes full use of his height. His strength is his positioning due to which he doesn’t have to make any blinding saves. His reflexes aren’t his strongest asset but he is still a great shot-stopper. He has made 3.41 saves per game for Roma last season, a stat that stands better that that of most goalkeepers in the World.

The man is a phenomenon. If Liverpool do manage to acquire him on a five year deal, they are almost in the literal sense, in safe hands.

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