Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has hinted that Jurgen Klopp may have dropped a clanger by allowing Rafael Camacho to leave Anfield.
Sporting last month agreed to pay £5million up front for the 19-year-old, who only made two first-team appearances during his time on Merseyside, rising to £7million depending on league and European success.
The Reds also landed a 20 per cent sell-on clause and a buy-back option for Camacho, who was a regular for Neil Critchley’s U23s last season.
And having barely left Liverpool the winger is set to face his former club in a friendly in New York this week.
Alisson has hinted that the club may have made a mistake allowing the player to move on.
“He is a young man with incredible potential and personality,” Alisson told Record via Sport Witness. “He was already showing this at Liverpool by training on an equal basis with the more experienced players.”
The Times reported that Camacho had agreed to sign a new deal at Anfield in January on the proviso he would be loaned out. However, injuries to senior players meant Klopp would not grant a temporary move.
Camacho in turn refused to sign a new deal – meaning he had 12 months left on his contract and could have left for just £270,000 compensation next summer.
Alisson has revealed being flattered that he has been mentioned as a Ballon d’Or contender and says they are ready for another fight this season.
“I’ve read a few articles on this and I’m flattered. It’s not common for a goalkeeper to get on this list, and just mentioning my name is a sign that my job is being done well. It’s a pride to be mentioned for the Ballon d’Or,” added the Brazilian.
“Our goal is to fight for all possible titles. Of course, Manchester City are a great rival and have won important titles in recent years. However, in England there are several great teams and all are able to fight for the titles.”