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Klopp confirms Alisson consultation as Liverpool hire Brazil legend Taffarel

Liverpool have appointed Brazilian legend Claudio Taffarel as the club's new senior goalkeeping coach.

The 55-year-old, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1994, will move to Anfield after finalising a work permit this week.

Taffarel will combine his Liverpool duties with his role with the Selecao.

He will work alongside the Reds' current goalkeeping coaches, John Achterberg and Jack Robinson.

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson reportedly played an important role in Taffarel joining the club.

The 29-year-old, who has 51 caps for Brazil, recently signed a six-year extension with Liverpool.

Explaining the decision to recruit Taffarel, manager Jurgen Klopp told the club's website: "The idea is that, in our opinion, we have now in a lot of positions the best we can imagine.

"In terms of goalkeepers, it means we have Alisson Becker, who for us is the best goalie in the world. We have Caoimhin Kelleher, who we really think is an exceptional, exceptional player. We have Adrian, who has shown his qualities since he arrived here. Then we have Marcelo Pitaluga, then we have Harvey Davies, so we have five goalies in different age groups, which is great but we want to have even more of these guys.

"We want to build kind of our own philosophy in goalkeeping because we all agree it's its own game, so that's why we wanted to have another completely different view on it. We spoke to Ali because two of the best goalies in the world are Brazilians and so we found a solution with bringing in Taffarel as a really nice addition to our whole coaching staff. We really think it can give us just a different view again, to look at different things.

"We really want to really be a proper goalkeeping school in world football and so that's why we're bringing in a third very, very experienced goalkeeper coach."

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