After being unveiled as the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football, Alisson Becker spoke of his joy at signing for Liverpool. "In terms of my life and my career, it's a huge step for me being part of this club and this family".
The Brazil number one, who played at this summer's World Cup, falls into the same premium bracket as Hugo Lloris, Ederson and Thibaut Courtois, with only David de Gea (£6.0m) a more expensive goalkeeping option in FPL.
The signing of German Loris Karius was supposed to ensure a stable pair of hands between the sticks, but his deficiencies have been exposed time and again too, none more than the two blunders he made in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid. When Manchester City spent £35 million on the Brazilian last summer - a world record fee in sterling for a goalkeeper - there was scepticism. He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price. 'We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League last season].
The 25-year-old had always been linked with a move to the Anfield club since the end of last season, with the Reds unhappy with their goalkeeping options at the time. I have just started with my team mates and I understand we have excellent players. Just 25, Alisson has only played one full season as a No 1 in Europe so has tremendous scope for improvement.
It is hard to divorce goalkeeping statistics from the defences they play behind, so it is not worth stewing over clean sheets or goals conceded.
I'm really happy with our signings to be honest, so now let's use the last few weeks to be as good as possible.
That reinforces what we already know: Alisson is a very solid shot-stopper. "It's the market, that's how it is and we will not think a lot about it".
"But of course he still has to adapt and age-wise he can improve, the best years are coming in the goalkeeper life, so it's all good". The £67m outlay for Alisson has nearly doubled the previous record set by Ederson's move last summer.