Alisson Becker has had a major dig at Chelsea after revealing his reasons for moving to Liverpool. The goalkeeper moved to Anfield from Roma in the summer, and says he was not interested in joining the Blues because of their lack of Champions League football.
Alisson was briefly the most expensive goalkeeper in world football when he joined Jurgen Klopp’s men, the Reds agreeing a reported deal worth £66.9million.
Chelsea, however, soon topped that with a deal to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal, having missed out on the signing of the Brazilian No.1.
Alisson has made a significant impact at Liverpool, who have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League – 10 – and sit four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.
They have also progressed to the latter stages of the Champions League, where they will face Bayern Munich, while Chelsea will face Malmo in the Europa League.
And Alisson says one of the key reasons for his move to Liverpool was the club’s participation in Europe’s premier club competition.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, he 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. 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.”
Chelsea may well have upgraded on Thibaut Courtois with the signing of Kepa, but missing out on Alisson could well have changed the course of each club’s season.
The Brazil international has swiftly become one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League, and is an integral part of a side that is leading the table.
Without him, one has to think that the Reds would be far worse off, particularly given that Simon Mignolet is his only back-up.
It should already be abundantly clear, then, that Alisson has made the right decision.
He has the chance to win the Premier League, and also help the Reds progress even further in the Champions League.
Kepa, meanwhile, will soon be playing Malmo in Sweden in Europe’s second-tier competition. He has conceded six more goals than Alisson this season, too, and those strikes could well prove pivotal come the campaign’s end, particularly with Chelsea 10 points behind the Reds.
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