The Belgian centre-back had been linked with numerous big names through the latter stages of the transfer window, but eventually opted against a move to the Premiership and instead substituted the Eredivisie for La Liga and joined Atletico Madrid in a last minute, four year deal.
However, despite this, Liverpool will not be overly dismayed about their failure to procure the 24 year old, as Brendan Rodgers managed to bolster his defensive options with the signings of Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon and Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain, meaning both Liverpool and Alderweireld are content with their seperate decisions.
Speaking of why he spurned Liverpool’s advances for Atletico Madrid, Alderweireld said:
“The club have been following me now for two or three weeks, and you could see they really wanted me.
“That is why I turned down approaches from other teams. Liverpool, for example, appeared in the last few days, but I had already made my decision.
“The truth is that Atletico made a huge effort to convince me.”
Despite not bringing Alderweireld to Anfield, Brendan Rodgers secured an impressive nine signings this summer.
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