Liverpool spent £66.8million on Alisson Becker last summer and it came as a huge surprise as the Brazilian was reportedly not on the club’s transfer list.
Respected journalist David Maddock, who works for the Mirror, wrote on his Twitter account on the 12th of July that there was no bid for Alisson from the Reds and no interest in him at all.
Five days later, Liverpool signed Alisson from AS Roma for £66.8m in the club’s second most expensive transfer of all time, breaking the record fee paid for a goalkeeper.
This summer, there have been all kinds of transfer claims made regarding the six-time European Champions but beyond the rumours that have gone around, there is no indication that Liverpool are close to announcing any deals.
Nicolas Pepe seems the most likely player to join the club this summer but with domestic sources refuting claims made abroad, Liverpool are very much operating in the dark with no intention of leaking transfer plans to the press.
Ultimately, it’s advantageous for Klopp to keep his cards close to his chest to avoid Pep Guardiola and Manchester City making any counter moves in the transfer market.
While there is no guarantee that past transfer moves serve as a reliable precedent for what’s to come, it’s certain that Liverpool’s ability to be tight-lipped on transfer plans will only serve as an advantage.
Nicolas Pepe could move to Anfield as part of a blockbuster move and it’s very much possible that the apparent lack of inside knowledge on Michael Edwards’ transfer negotiations could hint towards an Alisson-esque resolution to some major moves.
The Ivorian would reportedly cost £70.9m so it would make sense for Klopp to ensure leaks don’t ruin the club’s chances of agreeing on a deal with Lille.