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Dani Alves: “I almost joined Liverpool”

The Brazil international revealed that he was close to joining Liverpool back in 2006 as Rafael Benitez was very interested in bringing him to Anfield but a move to the club fell through.

The former manager of Liverpool, Rafa Benitez, had identified Alves as the main target of his club but he failed to join the defender who was playing for Sevilla in 2006. Rick Parry, Liverpool’s CEO at the time, said that the main reason for this failure was the lack of finances as Alves joined Barcelona further on.

The former Juventus full-back said about this situation, according to ESPN“I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool. But, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen at the last moment and I really don’t know why as I wasn’t the one conducting the negotiations. I had other people representing me back then. Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid.”

It’s the past for him and he is happy that he joined Barcelona at the end of the day: “Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona fans] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”

The current PSG player also spoke about his future plans as he said: “I still have this ambition, yes. But I don’t know if it will happen now. I think there are plenty of things to do here first with PSG.”

Dani Alves was a crucial part of the Barcelona’s successful team as he played 247 matches at Camp Nou scoring 14 goals. In 2016, he decided to join Juventus and he helped them to the Champions League final – now, he is the player of PSG as he moved there on a free transfer from Torino at the start of the season.