Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson says Napoli, the side he will face tonight at Anfield, tried to buy him before moved to Anfield in 2018.
The Brazilian denied the Serie A side a place in the Champions League knockout rounds last season with a dramatic late save, and explained that they wanted to battle the Reds for his services.
The £90,000-a-week (Spotrac) man told the Independent: “Napoli tried to bid for me. The president came to me, but if I went to Naples from Roma, I was going to put myself in a tough situation in Italy.
“It’s not an official derby, but there’s a big rivalry between the teams. I admire Napoli a lot, they have a top squad and it’s always hard to play against them, especially when they are at home. But I was committed to joining Liverpool.”
TBR’s View – Alisson’s decision something of a sliding doors moment
If Alisson was in the opposite team during last season’s meeting between the sides at Anfield, perhaps the result would have been different and Liverpool would have dropped into the Europa League.
He has been so vital and that late save from Milic was probably his biggest single contribution to Liverpool’s season last term.
Jurgen Klopp may hope that he doesn’t need to call upon his goalkeeper so dramatically tonight, but his presence makes such a difference for Liverpool.