Alisson Becker’s heroics in the 2018/19 Champions League final prove that spending big on the right players can yield the biggest successes in world football.
The Brazilian goalkeeper joined Liverpool almost a year ago for a fee reported by the BBC as £66.8million and has repaid that faith in his talent with a world-class display in a Champions League final.
He was named Man of the Match in Madrid and while it was most certainly a team performance which saw off Tottenham, there’s no denying that Alisson was a key figure at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Unfortunately for Loris Karius, his nightmare in Kiev paved the way for Alisson to join Liverpool last summer and after a tremendous first season at Anfield, there is no chance of the former Mainz goalkeeper moving back to the club to be No.1 again.
While Karius’ fate is undeniably regrettable, signing Alisson from Roma for such a big fee has shown Jurgen Klopp and Fenway Sports Group that spending big yields even bigger rewards.
While Philippe Coutinho turned out to be a fantastic player, beyond turning an enormous profit off the original £8.5m paid to sign him, his presence at Anfield resulted in zero trophies even if that’s not necessarily his fault.
While reports from the Liverpool Echo have suggested that Liverpool would not spend big again, it might be in the club’s best interests to lump the cash on one or two of the game’s best players to boost their chances of winning the Premier League next season.