AS Roma chief responds to talk 25-year-old will leave amid Liverpool FC link
AS Roma chief James Pallotta plays down the chances of Liverpool FC target Alisson leaving the club this summer
AS Roma chief James Pallotta has rubbished talk of Alisson Becker leaving the club this summer amid interest from Premier League side Liverpool FC.
The Brazil international has established himself as one of the most promising goalkeepers in European football over the past 18 months at AS Roma.
Alisson’s performances for the Italian club have earned him reported interest from Liverpool FC, who have long-running issues with their goalkeepers.
Loris Karius was reinstated as Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice shot stopper earlier this season but doubts remain about the German’s long-term future in the role.
His understudy Simon Mignolet has struggled to convince since his move to Liverpool FC from Sunderland under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers in 2013.
Liverpool FC will reportedly face competition from La Liga giants Real Madrid for Alisson, although los Blancos have also been linked with Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea.
AS Roma chief Palotta has ruled out Alisson leaving the Italian club at the end of the season.
“Why should he leave?” Pallotta is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “He has a contract and he’s a very good goalkeeper.”
Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and on course to secure a spot in the Champions League for the second successive season.
The Reds haven’t won the Champions League crown since 2005 when Liverpool FC beat AC Milan on penalties in 2005.