Chelsea had, by Wednesday lunch time, not made an offer. "We weighed up the pros and cons and made a decision to speak to Liverpool". "What is ambition? For me, it's about using your head - without that, everything gets out of control".
"I came here to build a strong team, not just for one year but for many years to come - and I'm 100% sure that will be the case". I don't want to sing a sad song but for players who play for their countries, three weeks in the summer is their holiday.
Nearly double the 40m euros Manchester City paid to sign compatriot Ederson last summer, the fee dwarves the 30m euros Bayern Munich spent to bring Manuel Neuer from Schalke back in 2011, and the 28.5 million euros Sunderland received from Everton for Jordan Pickford. A year ago people were saying that the departure of [Wojciech] Szczesny was the end of the world. With Fabinho protecting an improving backline and Keita able to provide lung-busting runs from deep, the midfield has been bolstered significantly, while Alisson's arrival, while not the final piece of puzzle, goes some way to completing the jigsaw. With that being said, Liverpool is doing some exciting things, and people have taken notice. If he accepted the Liverpool offer, it's because he was happy with it. As a sporting director, you need to try and understand what's going to happen as quickly as possible.
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As the anticipation continued to ramp up, many Reds fans thought they'd seen the Brazilian goalkeeper confirm his transfer to Anfield on Tuesday when his Twitter account appeared to rubber stamp it.
And fans might not be too fussed after video footage emerged of the shot-stopper on global duty.
He told Sky Italia: 'He [Alisson] was a really important goalkeeper for us and his rescued a lot of points and games last season, but that is football. I have no clue how they will do it.