Alisson has joined Liverpool smashing the transfer record for a goalkeeper. Incredibly, the £67million custodian will be joining another player at Anfield who takes his place in the world’s most expensive XI.Virgil van Dijk joined the Reds for £75m from Southampton as Jurgen Klopp decided to plug that leaky defence.And now with a new goalkeeper on board, it appears another problem position has been corrected at Anfield.The Premier League really is now a hotbed of the world’s top footie talent.A 4-2-3-1 formation of the world’s most expensive XI – and costing a whopping £1.1 billion you wouldn’t want to face this team of all-stars.
Jurgen Klopp has got a giant tick in the goalkeeping box with this signing. Loris Karius was slammed for his performance as Liverpool blew it on their big night against Real Madrid in the Champions. It came out that he was suffering from concussion, but in truth the German stopper has never convinced those on Anfield that he is the long-term solution.
So Klopp has bought big this summer as Brazil’s No1 dons the gloves – if he does as well as countryman and Brazil No2 Ederson has done at Manchester City, the Reds are definitely title challengers.
Mendy, Man City – £49.3m
The French international has failed to make his mark at the Etihad after suffering injury problems. A damaged cruciate ligament meant the French international missed the majority of last season, but his talent was recognised in that he even made the French World Cup squad.The 2018/19 season is his chance to prove to the fans, and Pep Guardiola, that he has what it takes to be that marauding full-back the Premier League champions deserve.
Laporte, Man City – £57m
Another Manchester City player who is yet to showcase his top talents, eyebrows were raised when Guardiola shelled out £57m to bring him in from Aymeric Laporte.But clearly he is seen as the long-term replacement for skipper Vincent Kompany. A solid season for the champions should see him back in the fold for the French national team after he was overlooked for the successful World Cup campaign.
Van Dijk, Liverpool – £75m
Jurgen Klopp scoffed at Liverpool paying extortionate fees. But weeks later he made Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender. Comfortable on the ball, a colossus in the air and a big threat at set pieces, the Dutchman really is the epitome of a modern-day centre-half. He just needs a reliable partner now. Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan have failed to impress beside him, while Joe Gomez is still learning the game.
Walker, Man City – £50m
Manchester City might be desperate to find Kompany’s long-term successor – but they migbht already have him in the building. Walker was bought as a marauding full-back, yet as he proved for England at this summer’s World Cup, he is a highly-effective defender in a back three.With pace to burn and a keen eye for long passes forward, it’s no surprise City parted with £50m to bring him in from Tottenham.
Pogba, Manchester United – £89m
Surely this HAS to be Pogba’s season to shine. On his day, the Manchester United midfielder is unplayable. But sadly he hasn’t had too many of those since he rejoined the Red Devils from Juventus. But after a sparkling World Cup campaign with champs France, United fans will be expecting big things of the 25-year-old.
De Bruyne, Man City – £54m
He is now talked about in the same bracket as the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah.And many would say about time. Chelsea fans must be ruing not seeing the talented Belgian dominating games at Stamford Bridge after he was shockingly flogged.But not the lynchpin for Manchester City, De Bruyne will be hoping to guide Guardiola’s troops to back-to-back title triumphs.
Dembele, Barcelona – £138m
Ousmane Dembele hadn’t convinced everyone of his talents before Barcelona shelled out a whopping £138m to bring him in from Borussia Dortmund.Injury made his start a nightmare one at the Nou Camp, and he has so far failed to show the Catalan fans what he is all about. But a morale-boosting call-up to the French World Cup squad should put him in good spirits for the new season, and it would be no surprise if he is one of Europe’s star men next season.
Coutinho, Barcelona – £145m
There’s yet another Liverpool link in our all-star XI with Samba star Philippe Coutinho.Liverpool fans’ worst fears were confirmed when once again Coutinho declared his desire to move to Barcelona, and it was finally granted in January this year. Still only 26-years-old and having already dazzled the Premier League for years, fans over in Spain will be relishing the thought of seeing him shine for a full, uninterrupted, season.
Mbappe – £162m
What can we say about the boy wonder?Still only 19-years-old, he took the World Cup by storm, scoring four goals as France lifted football’s greatest trophy.Paris Saint-Germain managed to get him on loan from Monaco for a season, but now have to shell out £162m.All we would say is… bargain!
Neymar – £198m
The world’s most expensive player maybe, but perhaps only second favourite now at PSG after Mbappe’s emergence. And if that proves to be the case, it wouldn’t be a surprise for the Brazilian to throw his toys out of the pram and demand a move back to Spain.There is no doubting, despite his penchant for rolling around on the floor, Neymar is one of the Beautiful Game’s most talented players.Another season in the French league should see him terrorise opposition defenders and no doubt lead PSG to the title and all the cups.If he stays, of course.