Alisson Becker has revealed that the prime reason that made him reject Real Madrid in favour of joining Liverpool was the feeling of being wanted by the club
The Brazil international had been strongly linked with a move to Los Blancos during the latter part of last season following his breakthrough campaign at AS Roma that quickly established him as one of the elite goalkeepers in European football.
But when it came down to making a final decision, Allison decided to go to Liverpool for a then-world-record transfer of £67m.
The 25-year-old has now explained that the feeling of value that Jurgen Klopp and his team gave him proved to be too hard to say no to.
“It’s a thing that’s so important to me – to be happy and wanted, to feel valued. That is what Liverpool made me feel,” said Alisson, according to TeamTalk.
“They are a huge club, they have had many great players, but when I came here, where I spoke to the people here, they made me feel wanted. All the staff, all the people, not to mention the players. It is an amazing group, some of them I have worked with before, like [Mo] Salah at Roma.
“I feel as though we can form a really tight group, working together to support each other. We are a team already, I can feel that. We can achieve good things together.”
Much like former Roma star Mohamed Salah last season, Allison has already stated his plans to back up his £67m price tag by proving himself on the pitch at Anfield.