Liverpool have been told goalkeeper Alisson should cost ‘far more’ than £45million – because he is the ‘Lionel Messi of goalkeepers’.
The Roma stopper is one of a number under consideration by Jurgen Klopp for the summer, as he contemplates strengthening his options between the sticks.
The Brazilian has been in superb form for the Serie A side this season, and is also reportedly attracting attention from Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain.
There have been suggestions he would cost between £40million and £45million, but former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo – who helped bring the 25-year-old to Italy from Internacional – thinks he is worth far more, drawing comparisons with Messi.
“Is Alisson worth €50million (£45m)? Don’t be silly, he’s worth far more than that,” Negrisolo told Il Romanista.
“I don’t think many people have realised who Alisson is. This guy is a phenomenon. He is the number one of number ones. He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can mark an era.
“There is absolutely no comparison with Gianluigi Donnarumma, because Alisson is extraordinary.
“The way he behaves in the goal, he reminds me of Dino Zoff. I’d also compare him to Michel Preud-Homme, who had the class of someone born to be a goalkeeper.”
Alisson moved to the Italian capital in 2016, but served as only their Europa League goalkeeper in his debut campaign.
But after Wojciech Szczesny moved to Juventus in the summer, Alisson was promoted to first-choice goalkeeper, and has caught the eye with some splendid performances as Roma look to secure Champions League qualification.
And Negrisolo has given insight into why he has taken Serie A by storm – and how he would be a decade-long investment for any potential suitors.
“I told Alisson when I met him at Roma’s Trigoria ground that he was born for this,” he added. “He was already strong when he arrived, but has improved even more since he has been in Italy, especially when coming out low to get the ball. Now he is far more decisive in those situations.
“I know goalkeepers, that is my business, and I can assure you Alisson can be a guarantee for at least another 10 years. He’s already a hero to the fans and Roma need to keep hold of him.
“Alisson is crucial off the field too, as you can see he has the mind of a coach. Look at the way he moves and acts when the ball is in his hands and you’ll understand.”