Liverpool's goalkeeping situation has changed since January and so reportedly have their summer transfer plans.
This is down to Roma wanting a huge transfer fee after selling Mohamed Salah too cheap last summer, and Loris Karius' recent good form for Liverpool.
While acknowledging that Roma's asking price is too high, putting faith in Karius is still seen as a risky move.
The German is enjoying his best spell at Liverpool since joining the club in 2016, but it has taken him 18 months to get to this point.
How long will it last? How will he react when he does make a mistake? And is he really good enough to lead Liverpool to a league title?
Those three key questions hover and while Alisson may well be a no go, Liverpool ought to have a strong plan B, with fans worried they are getting suckered in by a brief run of good form by the German.
Karius keeping up his strong performance between now and the end of the season will help his case, but fans fear at present that the club could make a big mistake by not paying Alisson's asking price.
I'm all for giving Karius a run in the team but ffs he's made about two saves and all of a sudden everything is fine and the word is we are just Gona give up pursuing a world class goalkeeper like Allison. Absolute bollox that is. #LFC— Kev O'Riordan (@Kegz96) March 13, 2018
My gut feeling is the Karius we've seen in 2018 is the real deal and he'll improve even more. I really rate Allison but I won't be too disappointed if Klopp trusts in Loris as #LFC's no.1 if he keeps this up till the summer. Can't decide if it's worth the risk— Joshua Kekana (@JoshuaKekana) March 13, 2018
Too early for #LFC to lose interest in Alisson. Karius had 3 good saves so far at best. Needs more consistency to earn the credibility.— Dr. Mo Hakim (@DrMoHakim) March 13, 2018
I’m loving karius improvement and for sure still want him around but if alisson is a possibility it needs to happen 100% imo— Legend Eski (@LegendEskimoBoy) March 13, 2018
Personally, I would buy Alisson. Unfortunately, I just have a feeling Karius will flop soon. I hope he proves me wrong— Aks (@F1ashPoint) March 13, 2018
Karius lowkey is only a top twelve-side goalkeeper, not a top four goalkeeper and definitely not the goalkeeper that you want if you intend to challenge for the title (which we supposedly do). Alisson or nothing, if the club actually is serious about competing.— C (@oftheKop) March 13, 2018
We are the most reactionary club in the world ♂️ keep karius as no2, sell mignolet and ward use that on top of the transfer budget and get Alisson as no1. Less than 10 games and all of a sudden karius is world class♂️ klopp and the club better get it right !!— Pablo (@RobCon211095) March 13, 2018