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Liverpool boss Klopp: Alisson only here because Roma put him up for sale

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists they only moved for Alisson Becker because AS Roma put him up for sale.

Alisson was always his No 1 target and Klopp insists he wouldn't have signed another shot-stopper if Liverpool hadn't been able to thrash out a £65million deal with Roma.

“The Champions League final had absolutely nothing to do with our transfer business," Klopp said.

“Everything was already fixed and clear what we wanted. All decisions were made to that point already. I think our areas were obvious.

“If Alisson was not on the market, we don't move for a goalkeeper. He was on the market so we went for it.

“That we wanted to have more options offensively - that was clear long before the final. I think Shaqiri is a fantastic example of how you can do it.

“He ticks different boxes, he can play wide, he can play 10, it looks like he can play eight too and that is cool.

“As for Fabinho, we knew a bit longer that Emre (Can) would not extend his contract so Fabinho was clear as a target, but not clear that we would get him.

“Naby was clear. One left, one came in. Phil (Coutinho) left before then Naby came in. It is not the same type of player but it is a similar position at least."

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