Liverpool are unlikely to follow up their interest in Roma keeper Alisson this summer as Loris Karius strengthens his grip on the No 1 spot.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the highly-rated Brazilian shot-stopper with some reports suggesting that discussions were already under way.

Alisson has been on Liverpool’s radar but the huge price tag – coupled with Karius’ recent resurgence – means they are likely to shop elsewhere.

Roma rate the 25-year-old at around the £70million mark and the Reds believe agreeing a deal would be problematic because the Serie A outfit still regret setting such a low price for Mohamed Salah last summer.

The Egypt international moved to Anfield for an initial fee of £36.9million and his value has since rocketed having netted 30 goals in just 36 matches.

When Klopp opted to drop Simon Mignolet last month and give Karius an extended run in the side, he challenged the German to prove that Liverpool didn’t need to spend big on a new No 1.

“My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys,” Klopp said. “They step up, they deliver, they improve. The problem they have is that everyone is watching them.”

Klopp has been delighted by Karius’ response since with the former Mainz man keeping three clean sheets in his past four matches. His confidence is growing and the manager believes he could be the long-term solution between the posts.

If Karius maintains his current standards until May then Liverpool are likely to be in the market for someone to compete with him rather than replace him.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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