Roma sporting director Monchi has once again hinted that Alisson could leave the club this summer.
The Brazilian number one was formerly a target for Liverpool, only for the Reds to back away from a deal due to fears over the size of the fee and the player's desire to move to Real Madrid.
That stance hasn't changed, and the ECHO revealed this week that Danny Ward is to be given a chance to stake his claim as Liverpool's number one by Jurgen Klopp.
But that hasn't stopped speculation over Alisson continuing, and Monchi's comments seemingly indicate that the player could leave the club this summer.
"The will to sell Alisson depends on Roma," he said.
"We always evaluate what comes in and decide for the good of Roma above all. I don’t want to talk about replacements, because Alisson hasn’t left. If that moment comes, we’ll think about it.
"Is there a deadline? Everything has its time, if it’s August 5 at 3am… Everything has its time.
"We know the movements of other clubs, but sometimes you get information that isn’t true. There’s nothing new, I imagine every team is looking for a new goalkeeper.
"He’s a strong goalkeeper, that’s all I’ll say.”
Source: Liverpool Echo
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Liverpool’s latest signing Xherdan Shaqiri has made it clear he has joined the club to help the Reds win silverware in the coming campaigns.
Joining officially on Friday night, the Swiss international put pen to paper after cutting short a post-World Cup holiday to undertake a medical with the Reds.
He will add depth and quality to the Reds attack, and has quickly stated how last season’s fast, offensive football left a big impression on him as an opponent.
Shaqiri almost joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich several seasons ago, and has told LiverpoolFC.com about how pleased he was to finally make the move.
“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here.
“I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”
Shaqiri will be in contention for a place in the team alongside last season’s top scorer, Mohamed Salah. The Swiss wide man has been impressed by his new team-mate’s successes in the Premier League – but it’s not the first time they crossed paths.
“He came for training and a trial when I was at Basel. He came to train two or three times, I trained with him,” Shaqiri said.
“Then I went to Bayern Munich and he stayed in Basel. I’m happy that I see him here. He had an amazing season last year and I hope he can do it this year too.
“I’m very happy for him that he had this beautiful season because he is a very nice guy, a good guy.”
In his first interview with the club, Shaqiri also revealed that he followed the Reds’ campaign in Europe last season.
“They had a very good season last season. I was very sad they lost in the Champions League final; that’s football sometimes.
“I’m looking forward to the new season. I hope we can do it together again and I hope at the end we have some trophies in our hands.”
A recurring theme in Shaqiri’s words were the desire to win silverware with the club, and he’s sure that the combination of Anfield, Jurgen Klopp and the top talent on show can help that happen.
It’s an amazing stadium. I played there with Stoke and I knew it before – there’s an amazing atmosphere with amazing fans. I hope I can enjoy it and give them something back with the team.
We can give them a lot of happiness and success. We want to win games and be successful.
In football there are challenges everywhere. Of course Liverpool have top players, very good players, young players. It’s difficult for everybody.
I’m very glad to be here and I believe in myself. The most important thing is to be a team and win as a team. There isn’t only 11 players on the pitch, it’s more than 11 players who win titles.
I’m really pleased to be here and I want to show myself.
It was amazing football [last season] with high intensity in the game. I was always an admirer of Jurgen Klopp so I’m really happy to be here and to be part of this team. I think I will fit perfectly at this football club.
Of course. I want to win titles – that’s my ambition.
I already know how to win from Bayern Munich, we won the treble and it was an amazing feeling.
I’m confident we can win a lot of titles. The fans deserve to win titles. Hopefully we have a good season and try to be hungry to win titles.
Shaqiri will wear the No. 23 shirt for the Reds, inheriting it from Emre Can.
In the shorter term, his arrival might also be the boost one or more of those players need to produce even better performances and keep themselves in the manager’s thoughts.
Xherdan Shaqiri is confident Liverpool are primed to achieve success in the coming seasons as he targeted trophies after joining the club on a long-term contract.
The Switzerland attacker completed a medical and agreed a deal to switch to the Reds from Stoke City today, the third new arrival at Anfield this summer.
Soon after, he sat down with Liverpoolfc.com for his first official interview and there was a recurring theme during the chat: his desire to win silverware.
Shaqiri also revealed his long-standing appreciation for Jürgen Klopp as a man and a manager, explained how he crossed paths with new teammate Mohamed Salah six years ago, and imagined the feeling of scoring his first goal in front of the Kop.
Alternatively, read on for a transcript.
Welcome to Liverpool Football Club – how happy are you to have this deal done now?
First of all, thank you. I’m very happy to be here. It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I’m really glad and happy to be here.
You had options this summer, so why is Liverpool the right club for you?
As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here. I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.
Did you always hope it might still happen?
Of course I was disappointed. At that time my old club didn’t want me to go. Now I’m happy to be finally here and I can’t wait to get started.
Jürgen Klopp says this is the perfect place for you to push yourself. Is that part of the reason why you wanted to come here?
I know the coach from Germany, when he was at Dortmund. We played against each other – me with Bayern Munich – and they were always big games. That was a big point for me to come here, because of the coach. I love his football, how he plays and how he manages a team. I was always an admirer of his so I’m happy to reunite with him.
Is it his personality as well as his coaching style that appeals to players?
He’s a big personality. The most important thing is to win games and win competitions. He has the hunger to do that. Since he came here you can see how the team has progressed. They are in the best way to win titles and that’s why I’m here – I want to win titles. I think we can achieve a lot.
You want to improve and he specialises in improving players, so where can you improve?
They had a very good season last season. I was very sad they lost in the Champions League final; that’s football sometimes. I’m looking forward to the new season. I hope we can do it together again and I hope at the end we have some trophies in our hands.
This is the first time you’ve changed clubs within the same country – do you think that will help you hit the ground running?
I played three years at Stoke and I know the league. I’m very happy that I’m here. I’m a player who wants to improve and this is the perfect place for me to help the team and help this club win titles.
Anfield won’t be new for you as you’ve played there three times before. What impact did it make on you as an opposition player?
It’s an amazing stadium. I played there with Stoke and I knew it before – there’s an amazing atmosphere with amazing fans. I hope I can enjoy it and give them something back with the team. We can give them a lot of happiness and success. We want to win games and be successful. As an opponent it’s always difficult to come into the stadium – I knew it and I know it – so I’m really happy to now be with this family and play against other top teams, good teams, in this stadium and to try to give them good performances.
We’re used to your crossed arms celebration. How do you think it will feel when you do it in front of the Kop for the first time?
I’m sure it will be an amazing feeling when I score my first goal in front of the crowd. I can’t wait to get started.
There’s obviously a lot of competition for places in attack at Liverpool. Do you relish the challenge of getting into the team?
In football there are challenges everywhere. Of course Liverpool have top players, very good players, young players. It’s difficult for everybody. I’m very glad to be here and I believe in myself. The most important thing is to be a team and win as a team. There isn’t only 11 players on the pitch, it’s more than 11 players who win titles. I’m really pleased to be here and I want to show myself.
You know Mohamed Salah a little bit from Basel. What are your memories from the brief time that you spent with each other?
I don’t know him so well but he came for training and a trial when I was at Basel. He came to train two or three times, I trained with him. Then I went to Bayern Munich and he stayed in Basel. I’m happy that I see him here. He had an amazing season last year and I hope he can do it this year too.
As an attacker yourself, how impressed were you by what he did last season?
I’m very happy for him that he had this beautiful season because he is a very nice guy, a good guy. The most important thing is for the club to work and he had an amazing season. Players are always sad when they don’t win trophies but hopefully we can do it this year.
How thrilling was it to watch the way Liverpool played as a neutral last season?
It was amazing football with high intensity in the game. I was always an admirer of Jürgen Klopp so I’m really happy to be here and to be part of this team. I think I will fit perfectly at this football club.
Your objective seems to be clear: you want to win trophies here…
Of course. I want to win titles – that’s my ambition. I already know how to win from Bayern Munich, we won the treble and it was an amazing feeling. I’m confident we can win a lot of titles. The fans deserve to win titles. Hopefully we have a good season and try to be hungry to win titles.
What’s your message to Liverpool fans as you join their club today?
I just want to say I’m really happy to be here. I can’t wait to see the fans. I hope we can have a lot of beautiful moments in the coming years.
Take a pictorial look back at Xherdan Shaqiri's career so far with our gallery of the Switzerland international's football journey.
Having built his reputation with FC Basel, the forward spent two-and-a-half years with Bayern Munich, briefly represented Inter Milan and joined Stoke City three seasons ago.
Read our profile on Shaqiri's story to date here and see his evolution in photographs below...
Liverpool have completed the signing of Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri for £13.75 million, and fans are mostly happy with his arrival.
The manager himself called it a “no brainer” and that’s how most fans see the signing too.
The new Reds’ No.23 will fly out with the squad to America next Saturday, having interrupted his post-World Cup holiday to head to Merseyside on Thursday evening and complete his medical and media duties on Friday.Most fans highlighted the bargain nature of the signing
Think Shaqiri will prove a bargain for that fee. Quality squad option to lessen the burden on Mané and Salah, loads of experience at a high level and a potential game changer off the bench. Really smart piece of business.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) July 13, 2018
Shaqiri for £2m less than Jordon Ibe.
— Distance Covered (@DistanceCovered) July 13, 2018
£13m for Shaqiri is going to be the best bit of business in the transfer market since Liverpool paid £8m for Andy Robbo.
— Joe (@JoeScouse_LFC) July 13, 2018
I think Shaquiri will need to adapt his game a little to fit into Klopp's #LFC. But at 26 he is a very good addition and great value for money. Has always had the talent – no better manager than Klopp to get the very best out of him.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) July 13, 2018
— David Gillett (@D9VYG42) July 13, 2018
8 goals and 7 assists in the worst team last season. Very tidy buisness this. I remember wanting him to sign some years back and was gutted we didn’t get him. Reckon he’ll be a class act especially with our quality players around him..??
– Alper Koker on Facebook
People will scoff at Liverpool signing Shaqiri but if they need one thing, it's squad depth. Shaqiri provides another option.
And are they really going to sign somebody to get in front of Salah?
— Daniel (@TheMilkGuzzler) July 13, 2018
Think Shaqiri will do well here. Happy with that signing.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) July 13, 2018
Xherdan Shaqiri will be a massive addition to the already enviable Liverpool squad, Klopp only needs to pitch his tactics right for most of his acquisitions to fit in Liverpool.
— JasonBannerman (@jasonbannerman) July 13, 2018
Shaqiri is a fucking unit. Sturridge will pull a hamstring just looking at him.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) July 13, 2018
We used to buy young inexperienced players as squad players cos we were not in the CL and couldnt attract top talent, now we get players like Xherdan to come and sit on the bench ! but with the CL, FA, LC and league, he will get games, and make an impression….. look forward to see him ripping open a few stubborn defences. Times are really good for LFC right now. Enjoy the change in fortunes, embrace the change etc..
– Geebo in the forums
On Shaqiri, it'll be nice to have someone who can score from free-kicks again.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) July 13, 2018
That's the smile of a man when he realises he's got Salah, Mane and Firmino and can forget about Chupo-Moting, Diouf and Berahino for good pic.twitter.com/0HbCZeGc3O
— Kaby Neita (@BecOfTheKop) July 13, 2018There were also nice words from Stoke fans:
I’ve seen plenty of ‘good honest pros’ play for Stoke City, I’ve seen some top footballers too. Xherdan Shaqiri made me excited to go and watch us. The lad is special, and I’m glad he’s going to a fanbase that adores talent. https://t.co/o7QY03oNIX
— Championship Dave (@davidcowlishaw) July 13, 2018One fan rightly highlighted the strange reaction from some who were somehow seeing a negative in the signing:
Plastic fan in 2017 : the squad has no depth #KloppOut
Plastic fan in 2018 : I didn’t want Shaqiri #KloppOut
ffs get a grip
– Nicolas Doyle on FacebookWith Shaqiri adding to Fabinho and Keita, now fans want two more signings:
Fekir and a keeper basically and I think we'd be done. There were rumours/are rumours we're keen on a CB as well.
— LFCZA ?? (@LFCZA) July 13, 2018
We are moving in right direction let’s get fekir deal done and a goal keeper, then we are good to go.
– Kingsley Okwudili on Facebook
Happy with the Shaqiri signing. Now for a goalkeeper .. any goalkeeper!
— Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) July 13, 2018
Xherdan Shaqiri has achieved a long-held ambition of working with Jürgen Klopp after joining Liverpool from Stoke City.
The Switzerland international became the club’s third new arrival this summer by completing the formalities of a medical and his transfer on Friday.
Shaqiri knew of Klopp’s style long before he took the reins of the Reds – from 2012 he was part of the Bayern Munich team battling with his Borussia Dortmund side in the Bundesliga.
So the opportunity to work with the Liverpool manager, and integrate into his high-intensity football, was one the 26-year-old grasped eagerly.
“I know the coach from Germany, when he was at Dortmund,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com during his first official interview – which you can watch in full with LFCTV GO above.
“We played against each other – me with Bayern Munich – and they were always big games.
“That was a big point for me to come here, because of the coach. I love his football, how he plays and how he manages a team. I was always an admirer of his so I’m happy to reunite with him.”
Filling out the squad in the attacking areas of the pitch has been a big priority for the Reds this summer, with just three senior forwards largely relied upon last season.
Added to that, former club Stoke’s relegation meant Shaqiri was available for a low-cost deal of around £13.5 million, making it a straightforward decision.
“I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a ‘no-brainer,’” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.
“When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart – and we have.
“He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things. To play for us these are mandatory requirements.
“We are the perfect move for him in this moment as well I think, because he needs to push himself and challenge himself and our environment encourages that.
“We will want him to express himself but also learn and improve the areas of his game where he can still make progression.”
On what Shaqiri can add to the squad, Klopp noted his versatility, but also the mentality of a player who was impressive at international level this summer.
“From our perspective, he is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in our system. He gives us greater flexibility in how we can use our current players also. This is cool.
“I know him well from his time in Switzerland and especially Germany – I have been a long-time admirer. But the added bonus now is that he knows the Premier League and what it takes to perform in this uniquely intense environment.
“He also did really well at the World Cup – so he comes to us full of belief and confidence.
“Finally, Xherdan the person will fit in perfectly at Liverpool I believe. He has personality and drive – he is someone who will feed off the positive emotion of our crowd.
“He joins a dressing room of really good lads and I know they will welcome him with open arms and help him settle and integrate quickly.”
The need to sign players of a certain mindset and mentality has been an absolute requirement for Klopp, so there should be no fears over Shaqiri’s attitude.
Fans will look forward to seeing another goalscoring wide forward at the club, lessening the burden on Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino in the new campaign.
Last Updated: 13/07/18 9:12pmHow will Xherdan Shaqiri fit in at Liverpool?
When it became clear that Mohamed Salah would not be able to continue, Jurgen Klopp had a big decision to make.
Trying to replace a player with 44 goals in the season to his name is an unenviable task at the best of times, let alone 29 minutes into a Champions League final. Klopp plumped for Adam Lallana, who had played just 16 minutes of football in the two months prior, had played more than half an hour only once since January and has not played regularly in the front three since the 2015/16 season.
The only realistic alternative was Dominic Solanke, a 20-year-old with only one senior goal to his name. Liverpool's fearsome front three had taken them to Kiev but the drop off in quality to those in reserve was stark, certainly following the departures of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, on loan, in January.
It is little surprise then that Klopp and Liverpool have moved to address the issue with Xherdan Shaqiri becoming the club's third summer signing.1:34 Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Liverpool - here are some of his best moments from last season Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Liverpool - here are some of his best moments from last season
There was a decidedly mixed reaction from Liverpool fans when the Swiss international was first linked with a move to Anfield, around the time a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir fell through.
However, Shaqiri's release clause of £13.5m makes it a relatively risk-free deal. Even if things were not to work out for the former Stoke playmaker on Merseyside, Liverpool would be confident of at least recouping their money for a player who does not turn 27 until October, especially given the current state of the transfer market.
Of course, the hope for both the player and the club is that it won't come to that and there is plenty to suggest he can be success at a club he first wanted to join in 2014.Shaqiri came close to joining Liverpool in 2014
"I had offers from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid," Shaqiri told spox.com in December 2016. "I opted for Liverpool. [Then-manager] Brendan Rodgers contacted me a few times during the World Cup. But Bayern blocked my move."
Four years on and having finally arrived, Shaqiri will have a point to prove.
While few would argue against his quality, stylistically Shaqiri will have to make some adjustments. His work rate was called into question at times last season and whether it is in the front three or in midfield, if such questions are asked again this season then he won't be in the team for long.
The numbers show that Shaqiri actually covered more distance per game (9.6km) than any of Liverpool's front three but it is how he went about that that will likely need to change.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has put faith in his new man
Shaqiri made significantly fewer sprints per game than any of Salah, Firmino or Mane and with a limited pre-season due to his World Cup commitments, it will be interesting to see if he has the time, or indeed the capability, to adapt to a more physically demanding style of play.
While the expectation from the outside is that Shaqiri will act as back-up to Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, as someone who can be rotated in when one of that forward line are in need of a rest, the player himself will no doubt believe that he is capable of making a spot in the starting XI his own.
What he cannot expect is to be seen as the star man, as he was at Stoke, and how he deals with sitting on the bench and having to make an impact off it could go a long way to determining how successful he is at Anfield.Shaqiri's versatility makes him an attractive option for Klopp
One thing may help him to minimise his time on the sidelines is his versatility. Although he predominantly featured on the right for Stoke, Shaqiri is more than capable of operating on the left and played as a No 10 for much of last season.
Given the way Klopp has used Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the past couple of years, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Shaqiri could even feature as a 'No 8' in games where Liverpool are expected to dominate possession.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, in particular, caused opposition sides problems with his direct running from the middle of the pitch and Shaqiri certainly has the pace and creativity to do similar. The Swiss created 43 chances from open play last season, in addition to scoring eight goals and making seven assists in a struggling Stoke side.
That there are question marks over Shaqiri and his suitability for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool is indisputable but given his age, ability and the fee, the risks are outweighed by the potential rewards.Fantasy Six-a-Side
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Last Updated: 13/07/18 10:29pmXherdan Shaqiri has joined Liverpool for £13.5m
Liverpool have completed the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke on a long-term contract.
It is understood Stoke accepted a bid of just over £13.5m after Liverpool met the release clause valuation in the Swiss midfielder's contract.Get LFCTV for only £7 a month
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Shaqiri becomes Liverpool's third summer signing after Fabinho and Naby Keita joined the club and he is keen for the Premier League season to get underway.
"I'm very happy to be here. It's a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I'm really glad and happy to be here," Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com.1:34 Shaqiri has completed his move for Liverpool - here are some of his best moments from last season Shaqiri has completed his move for Liverpool - here are some of his best moments from last season
"As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn't happen. I'm really happy that now I'm finally here.
"I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That's what I'm here for."Shaqiri made 36 Premier League appearances for Stoke last season, scoring eight goals
The 26-year-old, who was part of the Switzerland squad which reached the round of 16 at the World Cup in Russia, joined Stoke in 2015 from Inter Milan before going on to make 84 league appearances for the club.
He started his career at Basel before moving to Bayern Munich where he won two Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal cups and the Champions League, with the Bavarians beating Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the final in 2013.
Klopp believes Liverpool are the "perfect" club for his new signing and described the move as a "no-brainer".The Switzerland international played in the World Cup this summer
He said: "I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a 'no-brainer'. When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart - and we have.
"He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things. To play for us these are mandatory requirements.
"We are the perfect move for him in this moment as well I think, because he needs to push himself and challenge himself and our environment encourages that.
"From our perspective, he is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in our system. He gives us greater flexibility in how we can use our current players also. This is cool.
"I know him well from his time in Switzerland and especially Germany - I have been a long-time admirer. But the added bonus now is that he knows the Premier League and what it takes to perform in this uniquely intense environment."
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