Alisson Becker admits that he snubbed a move to Chelsea and joined Liverpool instead, because he wanted to be a part of their proud European history.
The Brazilian enjoyed a stellar season with Roma in 2017-18, keeping 22 clean sheets as the Giallorossi finished 3rd in Serie A and reached the European Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1984, before losing 7-6 on aggregate to Liverpool.
Two calamity blunders by custodian Loris Karius resulted in the Reds suffering final heartache against holders Real Madrid, and the Merseysiders wasted little time in recruiting a top-class replacement to mount a title challenge in 2018-19.
Alisson became the most expensive goalkeeper ever at £67-million, until Chelsea bought Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71.6m a month later, although the Blues had also eyed him as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois.
However, the Brazilian says uncertainty over Chelsea’s managerial situation, and the fact they hadn’t qualified for the Champions League, made it an easy decision.
Speaking exclusively in the February 2019 issue of FourFourTwo, out Wednesday, Alisson says: ‘I chose Liverpool for the same reasons I went to Roma when I first left Brazil – I thought this would be the best move for my career.
‘Chelsea were changing their manager and not playing in the Champions League. I’ve also always admired Liverpool’s history. This is a club with five European Cups in their trophy cabinet. I really wanted to be part of that history.
‘I came very close to winning the competition with Roma, and I’m working hard to make it happen now with Liverpool. What’s life if not fighting for your dreams? I dream of winning the Champions League,’ he concluded.