Liverpool forced Chelsea into massive Kepa Arrizabalaga transfer with crucial decision

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped for recent matches by Frank Lampard, but Liverpool played a role in him joining the Blues with their transfer for Alisson in the summer of 2018.

The Reds signed Brazilian star Alisson for £67million setting a new world record before Chelsea went even higher, paying the £71m release clause of Kepa.

At first, it seemed like Liverpool would struggle to sign the goalkeeper because of the fee Roma were demanding, the Liverpool Echo report.

The Reds were quoted £80m which they refused to pay and Real Madrid, who were also interested, pulled out of the race.

That meant Los Blancos went after Thibaut Courtois and allowed Liverpool a free run at Alisson.

The £67m offer proved too good to turn down for Roma and the Reds beat Chelsea as they were delayed because of Real interest in Courtois.

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“When a very substantial offer comes in you have to consider it,” said Roma sporting director Monchi at the time on Liverpool’s offer for Alisson.

“We weighed up the pros and cons and decided to speak to Liverpool.”

Chelsea would sell Courtois to Real Madrid and were left without Alisson as an option to replace him.

That left Maurizio Sarri on the hunt for a top class shot-stopper who would eventually turn out to be Kepa.

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The Spaniard had a decent first season but has really struggled in Frank Lampard’s first campaign at the club.

And that has led to him being dropped in favour of former Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero.

It remains to be seen if Kepa returns for Chelsea this evening when they take on Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge (7.45pm).

Lampard has insisted that Kepa going to Euro 2020 or not will not influence his team selection decisions.


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Lampard said: “I can only pick the team from a Chelsea view. I haven’t discussed it with him.

“I keep coming back to the same thing, it’s how well you train — he is training well — and, when you get the opportunity to play, how well you play. That’s all I see.

“I understand all my international players have ambitions but the rules remain the same.

“He must have a positive attitude and I’m a fair man, I don’t know if all the players will say that — 11 will tomorrow and another 11 next week.

“That’s the nature of my job. I only call it as I see it, as I see training and performances.

“I hope all the players remain positive and of course he can play for his country.

“He’s shown that already, he’s been number one at times ahead of David De Gea who is a world-class goalkeeper so hopefully it isn’t a big issue at the moment.

“This is Chelsea and we’re trying to close the gap to the top, so there can be no one who is relaxed or loose, we have to push every day.”

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