Alisson Becker has claimed that he rejected a proposal from Chelsea to sign for Liverpool in 2018.
The Reds signed the then Roma goalkeeper for around £67m four years ago, paying a record fee for a goalkeeper at that time.
Since then, Alisson has proven himself to be one of the best ‘keepers in the world. Now, speaking to Brazilian outlet UOL Sport, the goalie has claimed that that his trip to Anfield with Roma earlier in the year contributed to his signing.
“I think that game [for Roma at Anfield] served as an experience of living a day at Anfield, seeing the crowd up close. That contributed to my choice for Liverpool,” said the 30-year-old.
“If you ask me what it was like to play at Anfield as an opponent I can sum it up for you in one word: horrible. Anfield is a spectacular stadium, when the crowd plays together it’s very noisy — and in that game they were ‘on fire’.
“I had a proposal from Chelsea too, but living that cheered me up a lot to play for Liverpool. So is Klopp. He is a sensational person, one of the great coaches in the history of world football. He’s a guy who does everything he can to make us feel comfortable playing and bring his style to the team.”
Stars align for Liverpool and Alisson
What a stroke of luck drawing Roma was in 2018, then! Even more remarkable when you consider that it was actually their famous ‘remontada’ against Barcelona that got them there in the first place.
Without that miraculous recovery in Rome, perhaps Liverpool would have lost Alisson to Chelsea. It’s funny how football works, sometimes.
Had the Blues managed to edge in to sign Ali, it’s unlikely that Liverpool would have been as successful as they have over recent years.
Let’s say that the Reds were instead forced to sign the player who Chelsea eventually did: Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa isn’t a bad ‘keeper, that must be said. But he’s also struggled enormously with his price-tag and has lost his No.1 spot at Chelsea on numerous occasions.
In short, he’s far, far from being the goalkeeper that Alisson Becker is.
Such is the Brazilian’s status at Anfield, that you can’t imagine him playing anywhere else. His personality fits in perfectly with the squad and he’s obviously hugely happy with his family in the city,
No question that Ali made the right choice back in 2018, then. And we wouldn’t swap him for the world, either. The perfect match.