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Liverpool beat Chelsea in a decisive £67 million transfer that is expected to be finalized “in the coming days.”

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An important turning point in football history occurred in 2018, when Fenway Sports Group authorized the acquisition of Roma’s Alisson.

Liverpool beat Chelsea in a decisive £67 million transfer that is expected to be finalized "in the coming days."

Jürgen Klopp’s team needed Alisson to complete the picture after being painfully reminded in Kyiv that winning the biggest honours requires a top goalkeeper.

After the Brazilian’s arrival, Liverpool would win both the English and European championships in less than two years.

A record that had stood for 17 years was also broken, or rather smashed, by the £67 million deal. Gianluigi Buffon, who transferred from Parma to Juventus for £32.6 million in 2013, was replaced as the most expensive goalkeeper ever by Alisson.

But this time, the record wouldn’t be broken for almost two decades. In actuality, it lasted only two weeks until Chelsea paid £71 million to Athletic Bilbao for Kepa Arrizabalaga. The London club had been vying for Alisson, but it’s evident that they believed they had found a better option.

Since then, the two have gone in dramatically different directions, with Arrizabalaga about to be on loan at Napoli. The Athletic reports that Chelsea and the Serie A team should come to an agreement “in the next days.”

Ad Alisson won the Best Men’s Goalkeeper Award, the Yashin Trophy, and the Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season for his efforts in 2018–19, proving that his eye-watering price tag at Liverpool was justified from the start.

He achieved the third-best shot-stopping record in the Premier League by “preventing” 5.9 more goals than were reasonably anticipated. The decision made by Chelsea to replace Arrizabalaga with him was questioned as he placed 25th with a -2.0 rating.

But it wasn’t until 2019–20 that it was crystal evident that Chelsea had made a grave error. While Arrizabalaga was having a terrible season that caused Frank Lampard to reevaluate the pecking order, Alisson was helping Liverpool win the league. For five of the Blues’ last 14 Premier League games, as well as the FA Cup semifinal and championship game, Willy Caballero was brought in.

He achieved the third-best shot-stopping record in the Premier League by “preventing” 5.9 more goals than were reasonably anticipated. The decision made by Chelsea to replace Arrizabalaga with him was questioned as he placed 25th with a -2.0 rating.

But it wasn’t until 2019–20 that it was crystal evident that Chelsea had made a grave error. While Arrizabalaga was having a terrible season that caused Frank Lampard to reevaluate the pecking order, Alisson was helping Liverpool win the league. For five of the Blues’ last 14 Premier League games, as well as the FA Cup semifinal and championship game, Willy Caballero was brought in.

Arrizabalaga’s February benching by the manager was undoubtedly justified by the figures. He had 9.5 goals more goals than “anticipated,” which was by far the worst record in the division (Angus Gunn was next at -6.9).

The following year, Lampard decided to give Arrizabalaga another chance, but he was forced to quickly forsake that choice. At Stamford Bridge, Arrizabalaga gave Liverpool a two-goal advantage by kicking the ball against Sadio Mané. When Chelsea swooped in to sign Édouard Mendy, Arrizabalaga was indefinitely demoted to the backup position.

He’s had some success in cup games, making two stops in the UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout against Villarreal last year, but he also blasted a spot-kick over the crossbar in the Carabao Cup final in February, handing Liverpool the championship.

Arrizabalaga may have been among the worst goalkeepers in the Premier League since he came, as he has occasionally appeared to be beyond repair.

Alisson stands as the utmost antithesis and has established himself as possibly the world’s best.

The fact that both groups were shopping in the same market and on the same budget adds to the significance of this. With 53 La Liga games under his belt and 37 Serie A games under Alisson’s belt, both players had little experience in the top five leagues.

The other, however, has turned out to be one of the most disastrous transfer disasters in recent memory, whereas the first relocation went so well.

The last stain on Chelsea’s record is the loaning out of Arrizabalaga. It suggests that no wealthy clubs are prepared to hire him and pay his salary. As a result, this is their sole chance to increase his market value to even a fourth of their 2018 expenditure. FSG can look back on a job well done as Alisson prepares to guide Liverpool to yet another season filled with trophies.

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