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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson reveals he snubbed Chelsea because they did not have as much history as Reds


HISTORY BOY

The Brazil international joined the Reds from Roma in the summer in a deal worth £66.9million

Alisson Becker opted for Liverpool over Chelsea this summer because he admired the Reds’ rich history.

The Brazilian goalkeeper was involved in one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer as both Premier League giants fought to secure his signature.

Alisson has been a revelation at Liverpool this season

Alisson has been a revelation at Liverpool this season

After a stellar campaign with Roma, the Reds eventually won the fight for Alisson – parting with a record £67million fee to take the shot-stopper to Anfield.

The 26-year-old could have signed for rivals Chelsea, but has explained why he opted for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Alisson said: “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.

Chelsea instead signed Kepa Arrizabalaga

Chelsea instead signed Kepa Arrizabalaga

“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.”

The Blues instead signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a world record fee, who has also impressed since his summer move.

However, it is Alisson who has established himself as David de Gea’s rival for the right to be called the best in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old’s late save against Napoli last month in the Champions League ensured qualification at Anfield.

And he has helped Liverpool turn into the strongest defence in the Premier League, conceding just ten goals in 21 matches this season.





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