Liverpool Tipped for Premier League Title After Alisson Signing

Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:12 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018 4:12 PM UTC

Liverpool have been heavily backed for Premiership glory after breaking the bank to sign Brazilian number one goalkeeper Alisson in a world-record deal.

<p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow">odds on Liverpool winning the 2018/19 Premiership</a> title have plummeted after they secured a record-breaking deal to sign goalkeeper Alisson from Roma. The transfer fee stands at a cool $87 million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. In one fell swoop, Liverpool have solved the biggest problem in their team and dealt a psychological blow to rivals Man City. Alisson keeps City stopper Ederson out of the Brazil team, and punters are now convinced that the Reds can finish ahead of Pep Guardiola’s men in the Premier League title race.</p><p>Man City romped to the title in record-breaking fashion last season and they were immediately installed as <a href="" rel="nofollow">odds-on favourites</a> to defend their trophy. But Liverpool have emerged as serious challengers to the throne, and they have displayed impressive ambition in the transfer market. In January, they snapped up Virgil van Dijk for $98 million, making him the most expensive defender in history. Earlier this summer they splashed out $130 million on midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, which will provide much-needed bite, drive, strength and energy to the Reds’ engine room. But few took them seriously as title contenders due to their glaring weakness in the goalkeeping department.</p><p>After all, they made it all the way to the Champions League final last season, only for keeper Loris Karius to commit two absolute howlers and gift Real Madrid with a 3-1 victory. Backup goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had proved equally calamitous, and the consensus was that Liverpool would drop too many points with such a lack of composure between the sticks. Now those doubts have been answered in emphatic fashion. Alisson was the world’s most in-demand goalkeeper, linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid, but Liverpool broke the bank to get their man.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🇳🇱 Virgil Van Dijk. Wanted by Man City, chooses Liverpool. ✅&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🇧🇷 Fabinho. Wanted by Man United, chooses Liverpool. ✅&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🇬🇳 Naby Keita. Wanted by Bayern Munich, chooses Liverpool. ✅&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🇧🇷 Alisson Becker. Wanted by Chelsea, chooses Liverpool. ⏳&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Jürgen Klopp effect &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#LFC&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 18, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>We all saw how good Ederson was last year, and the Brazilian coaches rate Alisson a lot higher. He regularly impressed for Roma in Serie A, and he should provide a lot more reassurance to the Liverpool backline. Van Dijk’s arrival has already tightened the Reds’ defence somewhat, while full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are really exciting prospects. Joel Matip has returned to fitness, and Dejan Lovren had a brilliant World Cup. Liverpool never struggled for goals under Jurgen Klopp, but they conceded too many, and the new arrivals should reverse that trend.</p><p>The midfield is now looking extremely stacked. Fabinho was a highly-coveted holding midfielder and he should make Liverpool a lot more difficult to break down. Naby Keita performs the box-to-box role with aplomb and he looks like a serious upgrade on the likes of Giorginio Wijnaldum. Jordan Henderson also had an excellent World Cup, while James Milner provides another option, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return for the run-in.</p><p>That is without even mentioning Liverpool’s greatest strength: their attack. Mohamed Salah banged in more than 40 goals last season, and he is in contention for the World Player of the Year award. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane join him in an attacking triumvirate that blazed a trail of destruction in Europe and England last season. They beat Man City three times already in 2018, and they will not fear Guardiola’s men heading into the new campaign.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow">SBR's top-rated sportsbooks</a> still make the Citizens the favourites for glory, but the gap is closing. Man City have now drifted to -163 with <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow">Bet365, </a>while Liverpool have gone in to +450. It has been a decade since a team successfully defending the Premiership title, and Man City could well be deposed. Right now Liverpool look the most likely to depose them, having displayed a lot more ambition that the likes of Man Utd (+650), Chelsea (+1400) and Tottenham (+1600). They have totally overhauled the spine of their team and they should emerge much stronger in the <a href="" rel="nofollow">new season, </a>which is a terrifying prospect for their rivals.</p>
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