Liverpool Transfer News: Alisson's Agent Plays Down Exit Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2018

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson attends a training session in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Brazil will face Argentina in a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match on Thursday. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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The agent of AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson has played down rumours the Brazilian could be on his way to Liverpool in the near future, telling reporters he's happy in Rome and no offers have arrived.

Speculation has been mounting for some time and has mainly involved the Reds, who are still looking for a top starter after some shaky performances from both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 21: Alisson of AS Roma stretches during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 21, 2018 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
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While there have been plenty of reports a deal could be made, and confidence Roma will sell appears to be high among fans, agent Ze Maria Neis made it clear a transfer is not on Alisson's mind.

Speaking to reporters after the 1-1 draw against Inter Milan on Sunday, per ForzaRoma.info (via Calciomercato.com's Jordan Russell), he said:

"The match against Inter was great. Alisson played fantastically well. Joining a top club? It's too early to say. When a player stands out on the pitch thanks to great performances, there is always a lot of talk. Personally speaking, no club has been in contact yet and he is 100% focused on doing well with Roma. He is happy to be in Rome, and the club is happy with him."

The same article also mentioned Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid as possible suitors.

ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 05: Alisson Becker of AS Roma celebrates the victory after the UEFA Champions League group C match between AS Roma and Qarabag FK at Stadio Olimpico on December 5, 2017 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Alisson's awesome showing against Inter didn't go unnoticed on social media, as the 25-year-old put together an excellent performance in the 1-1 draw. He nearly won his team the match with several spectacular saves and also provided the assist for Stephan El Shaarawy's goal.

Here are some of his highlights, via Breaking The Lines:

The Liverpool Echo wondered whether his price tag went up with the great showing:

Roma sit well behind Napoli and Juventus in Serie A and will likely shift their gaze towards UEFA Champions League qualification after the January window closes. Even that could prove tricky, as they're winless in their last four matches in the league.

Their shaky form has led to some belief the club could cash in on some players and start looking at the future, and the duo of Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri are both said to be close to a move to Chelsea, per Simon Jones of MailOnline.

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 22:  Alisson Becker, #1 of AS Roma during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Club Atletico de Madrid and  AS Roma at Wanda Metropolitano on November 22, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images)
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Alisson only completed his move to the Italian capital from Internacional in 2016, however, and it would be a shock to see the Giallorossi move him elsewhere so soon. There's no real replacement in the squad besides Lukasz Skorupski, who lacks the raw talent of his team-mate but has flashed some potential.

A summer move seems more likely, giving Roma the opportunity to push for a strong finish and do their homework on a replacement.

Italy is bursting with young goalkeeping talent―the likes of Mattia Perin and Alex Meret will likely move at the end of the season―and Roma sporting director Monchi is renowned for his ability to find hidden gems.

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