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What Liverpool told Roma when finally made contact about potential Alisson deal

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A few months back, every Liverpool fan and pundit alike were crying out for the Reds to sign a new goalkeeper.

Simon Mignolet had finally blown all his chances under Jurgen Klopp's leadership, while his replacement Loris Karius was still ridden with errors.

He seemed unable to command the box and his decision-making was sub-standard, with his natural reflexes seeming to be the only thing sparing him from being a total failure.

However, fast-forward a few months and the whole perspective on Karius' place in Liverpool's starting XI has altered drastically.

The mistakes have disappeared, with the former Mainz man looking like the real deal and a man befitting of the number one jersey.

As such, Karius' upturn in form has prompted a reaction from the Reds hierarchy with regards to their two top goalkeeper targets; Roma's Alisson Becker and Stoke's Jack Butland.

The former was the man a lot of supporters wanted to arrive in the summer and the club have made contact with Roma.

However, what they have told the Italian side is rather interesting.

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The Liverpool Echo write: "Jurgen Klopp challenged Karius back in Janaury to prove that Liverpool didn’t need to spend big on a new shot-stopper this summer and the response so far has been impressive.

"It’s telling that Liverpool have made contact with the representatives of Alisson to inform them not to expect a bid for the Roma keeper. The Reds have been watching the Brazil international closely and rate him highly, but an asking price of around £80million - more than double the world record fee for a keeper - has put them off."

Looks like that deal is certainly off.

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But what about Butland, who would be available for half the price at £40m?

"Liverpool have been linked with a £40million swoop for Stoke City’s Jack Butland but the ECHO understands they have no intention of pursuing a deal for the England international.

"Whether they will be in the market for a keeper will also be influenced by the future of Mignolet, who is unlikely to stick around if he remains Karius’ understudy. Klopp also has Wales international Danny Ward desperate to step up and prove his worth after a frustrating campaign when he has only had one senior outing in the League Cup."

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The goalkeeping debacle continues.

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