Brazil goalkeeper Alisson joined Liverpool from Rome in a £ 67m movement in 2018.
It was the solution to a problem that plagued the Reds, and with the signing of £ 75 million from Virgil van Dijk, gave Liverpool the backbone they needed to start and become world drummers.
After solidifying their defense, Jurgen Klopp’s team won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup, before dominating the Premier League this season.
But it could have been so different, as Chelsea was at one point in talks with Alisson – and the goalkeeper would have been eager to move to Stamford Bridge.
But the London side looked away from the ball when they thought the escaped goalkeeper Courtois might be convinced to stay, according to The Athletic.
Courtois had made it clear that he wanted to join Real Madrid – and while Chelsea thought there was a glimmer of hope that he would stay, they ultimately failed to convince him and he moved on to the giants of La Liga.
So they missed Alisson – and Chelsea’s defeat was certainly Liverpool’s win, the 27-year-old having played a crucial role in the success of the Reds in the past two seasons, and considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the game. purpose of the world.
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Chelsea have instead signed Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga for £ 73 million, but he was dropped in the middle of this season in favor of Willy Caballero, and boss Frank Lampard is now looking for a premier goalkeeper class.
Liverpool are 25 points ahead of the Premier League – but in the midst of the coronavirus crisis that halted football, they are waiting to know when they can resume their bid for a first high-flying title in 30 years.