It speaks even greater volumes of the direction of the market that, just over a year on from the Salah deal, Liverpool have returned to the table with Roma to complete the breath-taking £67m signing of goalkeeper Alisson from the Serie A giants.
Just over a year ago Liverpool signed Mo Salah from Roma for $49 million and given the Egyptian worldwide performances for the English Premier League side - he scored 32 league goals in 38 games and helped them reach the Champions League final - Monchi's transfer strategy has come under scrutiny.
Liverpool FC will be looking to at least challenge for the Premier League title next season after they finished in fourth place in the table and without a trophy last term.
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In essence, that means Liverpool have paid €62.5 million for a 25-year-old goalkeeper who has been first-choice in Europe for just one season, something many skeptics were quick to point out in the hours after the deal was made official. I'm an agile "keeper; despite being tall, I've got very good agility and strength in my legs", Alisson said.
Though a 5-2 defeat at Anfield effectively ended Roma's hopes of making it to Kiev, Alisson described his memories of the April clash on Merseyside as forming part of his decision to sign for Klopp's men. One look at the record books and we sure have quite a team. "We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League in April]", Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com. Putting our friendship to one side and the time we spent together with the national team, I'm really happy to be at the same club as him and have the same daily routine as him.
Klopp was quick, however, to warn fans that Alisson will need time to adapt to life in the Premier League and can still improve further. "We've had talks over the last few days and that's good".
"It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment". Although, obviously, keeping the goals out rather than banging them in.