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New Liverpool signing Alisson Becker says he is thrilled to have joined the club and has revealed why he opted to move to Anfield despite interest from both Chelsea and Real Madrid.
The Merseysiders made Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper in history by paying Roma £66.8million to sign him, beating off plenty of competition in the process.
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wanted the Brazilian to replace Thibaut Courtois, and reportedly even made a last-ditch phone call to convince him, while Real Madrid were keen before moving for Courtois instead.
But Alisson has revealed one of the reasons why he joined Liverpool was because of the atmosphere he experienced at Anfield during Roma’s Champions League semi-final last season.
‘Yes, in part it did influence the decision,’ Alisson told Liverpool’s official website.
‘When you make an important decision like this it’s not just a decision to change clubs, it practically changes your entire life, my family’s life, my wife, my daughter.’
The 25-year-old also admits he’s admired Liverpool’s progression under Jurgen Klopp.
‘That game definitely did have an influence but I also watched other games,’ he said.
‘I’ve seen other games where I could see the way Klopp had the team playing.
‘That has made me really excited to be part of this group.
‘Apart from the fact that the club is massive, the players that have come through here and the titles won.
‘Hopefully I can play a part in the history being created here, win titles and be a part of the project that has been developed here in the past few years so we can see Liverpool rise once again.’