Fan favourite Alisson Becker has revealed that he turned down an approach from Chelsea in favour of joining Liverpool.
Some questions were raised at the time about the amount Liverpool paid AS Roma for the Brazilian shot-stopper but the £66.8M has proven to be a bargain.
Alisson has come to the rescue on numerous occasions this season to save Liverpool’s blushes and who can forget that special point blank save he made against Napoli on Liverpool’s journey to winning their 6th European Cup.
Speaking to Brazilian outlet UOL ahead of Brazil’s opening World Cup game against Serbia Alisson stated:
“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.
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.”
Alisson’s initial experience of Anfield was enough to convince him that he should experience the famous atmosphere on permanent basis and without him Liverpool wouldn’t have captured ‘number 19’ or ‘number 6’.
Liverpool fans will hope he won’t need to be called upon as much in the second half of the season.