DANI ALVES has revealed how close he came to joining Liverpool earlier in his career.
The Brazilian is one of the most successful players in the world, having won three Champions League titles, six La Liga crowns and one Serie A.
Alves also looks set to add a Ligue 1 title to that list, if his PSG side continue to dominate France’s top flight this season.
However, things could have been very different for the player.
Alves has admitted he was almost Anfield-bound back in 2006 while at Sevilla.
“I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” he told FourFourTwo.
“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.
“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.”
Liverpool decided against spending £9m on the right-back.
Instead, the Reds purchased Jermaine Pennant and Alvaro Arbeloa.
But Alves clearly seems happy with his eventual career path.
“I wanted to win things that I unfortunately couldn’t win if I stayed at Sevilla,” he continued.
“We came close, but I don’t like to be just close.
“Six months before the transfer window opened I’d been told of Barça’s interest, and I said I’d like to play for them because of the fine history of Brazilians there, the greatness of the club and the style of football.
“So it was a successful union and I will always be grateful to Pep Guardiola, [director of football] Txiki Begiristain and [president] Joan Laporta, as they gave me the opportunity to become a big star.”