Brazil international Dani Alves has revealed that he was on the cusp of joining Liverpool back in the summer of 2006, but the deal fell through at the final hurdle. The Reds had just won the Champions League crown under Rafael Benitez, and Alves was tipped to join them from Sevilla, only for the deal to be called off.
He told FourFourTwo: "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."
Prior to his move to Barcelona back in 2008, Alves had identically received transfer interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid, but the Brazilian is glad to have realised his move to the Catalan giants, he added: "Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid. Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona supporters] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead."
Alves became a renowned world-class player during his time at the Camp Nou where he won six La Liga crowns and three Champions League titles. The 34-year-old followed to pursue a move to Juventus in the summer of 2015, and he has since linked up with Paris Saint-Germain, where he is hoping to create another chapter in his career.
Pep Guardiola had eyed a reunion with Alves at Manchester City in the summer, and the right-back has recently hinted that he could pursue one final challenge in the Premier League before calling quits on his professional career. Since his summer switch, Alves has made a good impression in the French Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain contributing four assists in just nine outings. He has also found the net in the club's Champions League campaign, where they are yet to concede a goal.