Why is Alisson Becker so highly sought after?

In world football at the moment is would be hard to find a player that is attracting more interest than Brazilian goalkeeper, Alisson Becker.

Currently plying his trade in Italy with Roma, Becker more know by his first name ‘Alisson’ is a wanted man. Just yesterday Sky sports reported that Real Madrid will bid around €50 million for him. Should they pull a deal off for that initial fee or even perhaps a higher fee if Roma negotiate, it will become a world record transfer for a goalkeeper.

Alisson joined Roma back in 2016 for a fee of around €7.5 million from Internacional in Brazil. Initially when he first joined the Italians, he was forced to watch Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny. Since though, Szczęsny has left the club to join rivals Juventus and it certainly has allowed Alisson to flourish.

Last season Brazil’s number one was able to help his side in the league with 17 clean sheets in 37 games, while also adding two penalty saves for good measure. He was also able to keep five clean sheets out of 12 in the Champions League, form which allowed his side to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

After keeping out some high-profile names such as Messi and co, Alisson really had the opportunity to develop in Rome. However, with all different possibilities arising for his future. Where might he be playing next season?

In recent weeks, interest from both Liverpool and Real Madrid has been the most evident, with both being officially reported by sky to be looking into deals in the past. There has also though been reports of Chelsea been willing to replace their Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois with Alisson. Other links have been again high profile European clubs such as Barcelona and PSG.

Goalkeeping ability

Speaking about past links with Liverpool, football writer Blair Newman told ‘This is Anflied’:

“Alisson is one of the most underrated goalkeepers in Europe today. There’s a reason he keeps Ederson, who has impressed so many this season, out of the Brazil national team.”

“People overlook just how talented he is because he wasn’t considered Roma’s No. 1 last season, though that was down to the exceptional form of Wojciech Szczesny, who has since joined Juventus.

“He possesses outstanding reflexes and shot-stopping ability—one-on-one, he is very difficult to beat. He is also efficient with the ball at feet, meaning he’d probably suit Liverpool’s style of play.”

Alisson is a keeper with outstanding ability to stop shots but also he likes to command his area, if he feels the ball is favourably going to be his he has no hesitation in coming for it. He is quick of is line should he need to be.

Another feature of his is the ability he has to pick a pass into advancing fullbacks, this is something that would be highly suitable for a lot of top European clubs around today.

One of his biggest strengths would arguably be his ability to catch the ball, Alisson leaves nothing to chance and if he needs to be aggressive in going for the ball, he will do just that.

At just 25-year-old as a goalkeeper that is very young indeed, and when you think of the level Alisson is playing at, he may just be worth a world record fee.

By James Miller


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