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I cried for a long time about leaving Roma for Liverpool – Alisson

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471   //    02 Oct 2018, 14:42 IST
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was overcome with emotion about leaving Roma and "cried for a long time" when he realised his time in Italy was over.

Alisson only played a single season as first-choice at Roma, but he impressed so much that Liverpool struck a deal that could be worth almost £67million - a world record for a goalkeeper at the time.

The Brazil international has swiftly established himself as a regular between the posts at Anfield and, although he made an error that led to a goal against Leicester City, he has generally been solid.

But Alisson concedes he had some reluctance about the move, with the 26-year-old so fond of Roma and the Italian capital that he broke down ahead of leaving.

"Leaving Rome was difficult," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I cried for a long time, along with my wife.

"It [the decision to leave] was right to be honest. I have made a professional choice, a step forward for my career, and Roma has earned a large sum.

"With my mind, I decided to go to Liverpool, but my heart was still full of tears. I spent two special years in Rome, my daughter was born there, I have many friends there, even out of football.

"So many times I went for a walk around the city. The Trevi Fountain in the dark is moving, a thing of beauty, but my favourite place was the Colosseum. There you breathe history."

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Despite finding it difficult to tear himself away from Rome, Alisson highlighted the impact of Jurgen Klopp in persuading him to leave.

"When the clubs got together, Klopp gave me a call on FaceTime and explained his project and what we would do together," Alisson added.

"I've admired him since the days of [Borussia] Dortmund. I like being trained by him, because he does not talk a lot, but he always knows what to say and how to do it. He is an intelligent man of character."

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