Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has revealed that he snubbed a move to Chelsea in favour of the Reds after having a long chat with manager Jurgen Klopp, who convinced him to join.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool were known to be on the lookout for a goalkeeper in the summer, with the Blues resigned to the fact that Thibaut Courtois would leave for Real Madrid and Loris Karius not possessing the quality to help Klopp’s men to their first ever Premier League title.
Liverpool smashed the transfer record paid for a goalkeeper when they signed Alisson from Roma in a £68m deal, and as a result Chelsea had to blow that out of the water themselves when they signed Atletico Bilbao stopper Kepa for around £72m.
Alisson has been brilliant in front of goal so far for Liverpool, keeping 3 clean sheets in as many games and boosting the overall confidence around Anfield that they could finally go on to win a league title.
“[Klopp] is a person who gives himself 100 percent to what he is doing,” Alisson told ESPN.
“The chat I had with him [before joining Liverpool] is one of the things that left me more calm.
“He showed his interest in having me, not only the club’s interest but also his. It was a long interview despite my staggered English, but we understood each other well.
“He told me about how he works, how I would fit into the squad, how I also could grow personally here. He told me a little bit about the project – a project with a winning mindset.
“Now that I am inside I am aware that everything he told me is a reality.
“It is a club that treats you like a family, even the fans. They are very warm; they are famous for it around the whole world. It is a very big club.
“I was very well received by my teammates and by Klopp. He also treats the players really well off the pitch. On the pitch, he is also a tremendously intelligent manager.
“He prepares the game in a very precise way during the week, placing all players on the pitch to make us aware of what we are going to find on the pitch [during the game] and also giving resources about the offensive and defensive movements.”
There is such a strong sense around Anfield that Liverpool can mount a serious title challenge this season, and it’s fair to say the ‘keeper between the sticks has a lot to do with that.