The Reds shelled out a staggering £67m for him, having been one of a number of clubs sent a detailed scouting report on him three years ago
Liverpool spent £67million on Alisson, but could have got him for as little as £4m in 2015.
The 25-year-old Brazil international is now the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, but three years ago the Reds were one of several Premier League and Championship clubs sent a detailed scouting dossier on him.
Back then, Alisson was playing for Internacional in Brazil and the Sunday Mirror report a deal would have seen interested clubs pay £3.1m up front with £900,000 in add-ons.
Apparently, UK-based intermediaries worked on behalf of the player’s agent, Ze Maria Neis, in an attempt to secure a move to England and the dossier is said to have included a written testimonial from former Brazil goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel, talking up the nation’s rising star.
But there were no takers and Alisson joined Roma a year later where his already growing reputation increased dramatically.
And even more astounding is the revelation from the player himself that he was a reluctant goalkeeper when he was growing up.
“The real reason I began in goal was my brother,” he wrote in theplayerstribune.
“I was playing with his friends, and they were all older and bigger than me.
“So when it came to picking teams … well, of course, the short kid had to go in goal. It wasn’t even up for discussion, you know?”