Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his club did not pay over the odds for Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker in this summer’s transfer window.
However, Klopp has claimed that the fact Atletico Madrid stopper Jan Oblak has a release clause of £89m means that Liverpool did not pay over the true value of Roma’s Alisson.
“Everybody thinks it’s a lot of money. It is a lot of money, but he could’ve left for crazy money,” Klopp told ESPN FC. “The clause for Oblak, for example, is €100m (£89m), so nice! The goalkeeper market is different because it’s not each year that there is anybody available.
“We didn’t know exactly if Alisson is available or not, but from a specific moment we realised obviously he is available and that’s the moment when we decided we want to go for him.”
The signing of Alisson has put the future of Liverpool’s two other senior goalkeepers in doubt – with both believed to be considering their futures at the club.
The German also denies that what happened in the UEFA Champions League final had anything to do with his decision to buy a new number one.
“We are really fine with our goalkeepers,” Klopp added.
Liverpool will continue their preparations for the 2018-19 campaign with a pre-season friendly against bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday night.