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Mane: Why I rejected Man United move

Mane: Why I rejected Man United move

Liverpool have arguably established themselves as the strongest challengers to Manchester City in the Premier League, while the Merseyside giants also reached the final of last season's Champions League.

Alisson arrived at Anfield for £65million from Roma last month - a move that established him briefly as the most expensive keeper of all time before Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao.

Alisson may be a goalkeeper by trade, but he's also Brazilian by birth, which means when faced with a scurrying Anthony Knockaert trying to close him down on the edge of his own 18-yard box, he's liable to do something like this...

The German shot-stopper was at fault for their Champions League defeat against Real Madrid in May and reports immediately after the game indicated that Jürgen Klopp was keen to bring in a truly world class number one.

"I spoke to him and asked him for my wish, it is important to me to play for Besiktas".

"I came here as I think I can make the next step in my career and improve", said the 25-year-old, who has yet to break through into the German global side.

"Still we kept in touch all the time and the first time he talked to me about Liverpool I said "welcome, this is a family, not a club - you will enjoy it". I think the two teams can be compared in this way, both of them have a very fast transition, with every fast player up front. Had he not made any bloopers, the result would have been different.

"I'm still young for a goalkeeper".

Though some may sympathise with Mignolet's desire to play football rather than sit on the bench, the goalkeeper's comments attracted the ire of a few Liverpool fans, who had a few choice words to say about why Karius was able to leave and he was not. "There must have been a reason", said Karius. So it was a great achievement. "But there was a lot of things that came together, it's in the past now and I look forward to the future".


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