"Liverpool FC needs just the highest quality goalkeepers and that's what we have at the moment, we'll see now what we do in the next few weeks". This year there was the chance.
"When a very substantial offer comes in, you have to consider it". Last season's Champions League semi-final?
Initially a back-up to his brother, Muriel, Alisson made his senior debut in February 2013.
Alisson was due to have a medical with the Reds ahead of the transfer being finalised, according to the same story.
"Alisson is expected to be Jurgen Klopp's final piece in the jigsaw as a deal for Lyon forward Nabil Fekir is now highly unlikely", says the paper.
Alisson's underlying goalkeeping statistics bring to mind David de Gea's excellent performances for Manchester United last season.
That is why the most expensive goalkeepers have remained so far behind the most expensive outfield players. "We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League in April]", Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com. Karius and Mignolet's save percentages, by contrast, were a more modest 68.9% and 61.0% respectively.
Dean Saunders believes that Liverpool could finally win a Premier League title after their impressive signings. Playing against them past year in the Champions League, I was able to experience that atmosphere and that game had an influence on me. A passing accuracy of 79% was over 10% better than Karius's success rate, too.
"We've had talks over the last few days and that's good".
Virgil van Dijk became the world's most expensive defender when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for $99 million (NZD $147 million) in January.
Known as "goleiro gato" in Brazil - literally "handsome goalkeeper" - Alisson has refused modelling work and even rejected claims that his good looks have accelerated his progress. Among them, are European heavyweights like Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid.