Before goalkeeper Alisson made the move from Roma to Liverpool for £65 million back in 2018, Napoli were interested in gaining his services.

The Serie A club had been admirers of the Brazilian, which saw them approach the goalkeeper in 2018, but Alisson claims that the move from Roma to Napoli would have been difficult, as there is a rivalry between the two clubs.

“Napoli tried to bid for me,” Alisson told The Independent. ‘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.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Alisson of Liverpool celebrates during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Anfield on December 11, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photograph: Action Images via Reuters)

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There is no denying that Alisson made the correct decision, as he won the Champions League with Liverpool in his first season.

The Reds were reportedly interested in Alisson back in 2013, as Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg had been analysing the Brazilian, but work permit issues ended any serious interest at the time.

“Someone told me in 2013 that there was from a coach from Liverpool looking at me, but I didn’t really believe him,” Alisson said.

“Now it’s hard to take in all that has happened and to know there is still so much still to come here.”

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