Liverpool’s mega bid for Alisson has confirmed end of Loris Karius’ spell as Anfield number one

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If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one.

Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week.

Until such time the formalities are complete, Ward is Anfield’s first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend, but given the events of the last 24 hours it is highly unlikely he will start the season.

If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £67 million deal for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing.

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Alisson is on holiday after his World Cup efforts for Brazil, but Liverpool feel cautiously optimistic they have their prime summer target now the goalkeeper has spoken to Jurgen Klopp, the manager, and indicated his willingness to join. Chelsea have shown interest, but as of Wednesday only Liverpool’s bid had been accepted.

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Alisson’s likely arrival will leave Karius considering his future. The German has been demoted upon his return to Melwood, his status diminished after his poor Champions League final performance against Real Madrid.

Klopp will not comment on the Alisson deal until it is complete – there remains caution in the event of rival clubs matching Liverpool’s bid – but he is relishing a different approach to a transfer window this summer without the fear of losing any of his big players.

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“I am not 100 per cent sure but maybe it is the first year we don’t sell a key player,” he said. “There was always a lot of change, but in both directions. Now it is more in one direction. That is clear. Big teams, successful teams, if you don’t buy it you have to build it.

“That means stay together, bring additions in and make the next step.

Source: Telegraph UK

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