Jürgen Klopp says he turned to Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson purely because he was an upgrade on what he already had at Anfield.
The Liverpool manager insists that the blunders by Loris Karius in the Champions League final had nothing to do with his decision to bid for Alisson and that he even considered sticking with Karius this season because of the criticism that was aimed at the German ‘keeper for his performance against Real Madrid, despite being ‘concussed’.
Liverpool paid Roma around £66.8 million for Alisson meaning Karius is now free to make a move elsewhere if he can find a club. Turkish outfit Beşiktaş are currently trying to broker a loan move for him ahead of the European transfer window closing on August 31st. If he does leave, Simon Mignolet will not be allowed to leave despite initial suggestions that both ‘keepers could be allowed to leave this summer.
Commenting on the situation, Klopp said: “We simply identified another keeper, who is better, and signed him.
“I didn’t tell Karius what he wanted to hear, but how it is.
“The Champions League final had nothing to do with us getting Alisson. Even if he had won it and Alisson would have been on the market we would have still signed him.
“How the people reacted negatively to Karius after the final, tried to isolate him, almost made me not get Alisson and rather stick it out with Karius. But we had to be professional. Our job is to have the best players on every position.
“[Karius] is now 25, at an age, in which keepers keep improving. All the best keepers make mistakes. But sometimes timing is important in life.
“If Loris makes a mistake now it isn’t cool. In eight years nobody will care. We are totally happy with him.”