Alisson says he spoke to Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson about the Premier League as Liverpool and Roma negotiated his £66.8million transfer.
Ederson is Alisson’s main competition for Brazil’s No1 jersey and now the pair will also be in direct competition in England.
They are pals off the pitch though and Alisson says he consulted Ederson, along with the other Brazilians in the Premier League.
“Yes, we spoke,” he said. “I actually spoke to all the national team players who play in the Premier League, asking what the league is like and the style of play. It’s one thing watching it on the TV, but being involved in it every day is another thing.
“I only heard good things. If not the biggest, it’s one of the biggest leagues in the world. It’s very competitive and I find that exciting.”
Naturally Alisson, who kept five clean sheets in his seven Brazil games this summer, rang Roberto Firmino and his Samba mate told him he would be happy on Merseyside.
“I spoke to him before things really started to happen,” he said. “When the negotiations became official I spoke to him and only heard good things about the club and the city. He feels really at home here. He’s loved by the fans and popular with his team-mates. He said if I were to come, I’d be really happy as well.”
Alisson, 25, will also be loved by the fans if he can reproduce the form he displayed last season for Roma as he helped them finish third in Serie A and reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Alisson was ranked among the top three keepers in Europe – above Ederson – in terms of total saves (155), save percentage (79.3) and successful passes (1,125).
He is the epitome of the modern sweeper-keeper, which explains why Liverpool had to smash the world record fee for a keeper to land him.
Reds fans hope he will be the final piece in their title jigsaw and former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo has hailed him as the “Messi of goalkeepers”.
“I look to work on all aspects of my game, always aiming for perfection,” said Alisson.
“I’m quick to come off my line. I’m agile despite being tall. I’ve got good agility and strength in my legs.
“With the ball at my feet, I like to get involved in the play. I think my style will fit in very well here.”
Despite this, he still conceded seven in Roma’s two European clashes with Liverpool and he admits he is relieved he is now on the same side as Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
“It’s tough being up against them – and not just them, it’s the whole team,” he said.