Can Alisson turn Liverpool into champions?

Martin Green

Friday, July 27, 2018 4:32 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 27, 2018 4:32 PM UTC

Punters are backing Liverpool to win the 2018/19 Premiership title after their record breaking deal to sign Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.

<p>Punters have backed Liverpool to win the Premiership next season after they tied up a £66 million deal to bring Brazilian stopper Alisson to Anfield. The signing makes him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and it fixes a real problem position in the Reds’ first team. They now look to have very few weaknesses heading into the 2018/19 campaign and football fans have responded by backing them for glory. The odds on Liverpool winning the Premiership title have dropped all the way to 4/1 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f&amp;f=2">with Bet365</a> and they have been the most popular choice for futures bets.</p><p>Man City remain the 4/6 favourites to defend their crown, but no team has won back-to-back titles since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Man Utd side a decade ago. Many big teams are ambitious, but Liverpool look the most likely to topple Man City after snapping up Alisson. He keeps Man City goalkeeper Ederson out of the Brazil team, and he has earned rave reviews for his exploits with Roma. When selling him, Roma sporting director Monchi described him as the world’s best, and several pundits would go along with that. He certainly represents a huge upgrade on Loris Karius.</p><p>The young German committed a pair of utter howlers in last season’s Champions League final, gifting Real Madrid a 3-1 victory. Many fans thought Liverpool could not challenge this coming season as they did not have a safe pair of hands in goal. But Alisson should fix that issue in one fell swoop. It points to enormous ambition from the Merseyside club, who are determined to return to the summit of English football. They made Virgil Van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender in January in a £75 million deal, and now they have the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.</p><p>They have always been strong in attack under Jurgen Klopp, but now they are busy shoring up a leaky defence that has always proved their undoing. Joel Matip will be back for the new season, while Dejan Lovren starred at the World Cup. Full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Robertson are exciting talents, completing a strong backline. Liverpool have splashed out £100 million on Naby Keita and Fabinho this summer, and that should provide much-needed bite, dynamism and energy in their midfield. Throw in Jordan Henderson, Giorginio Wijnaldum and James Milner and they have a lot of options.</p><p>We already know how brilliant their attack is. Mohamed Salah could well break the Ronaldo-Lionel Messi duopoly on the Ballon d’Or this year, as he has been scoring goals for fun and dazzling everyone with his performances. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are magnificent alongside him, while new man Xherdan Shaqiri will provide further competition along with Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings. This is a deep squad, perfectly set up to challenge for glory. Of course, injury to Alisson, Van Dijk or Salah could derail their charge, but that is the same with any of the big clubs.</p><p>Liverpool certainly look like an appealing each-way option to win the title. <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f&amp;f=2">Bet365</a> pays a third of the odds on a second placed finish, so you would make a profit at 4/1 even if they finished behind Man City. But they beat Pep Guardiola’s men in the league last season, ending their unbeaten run, then beat them home and away in the Champions League to dump them out at the quarter-final stage, and they beat the Citizens again in a pre-season friendly this week for good measure. They should</p><p>therefore head into the 2018/19 campaign full of confidence, and they could well depose the champions and win the title for the first time in decades.</p>
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