The summer transfer window of 2018 was a crucial one for Liverpool.
Fabinho was announced as a new recruit almost immediately after the heartbreak of the Champions League final.
Xherdan Shaqiri was brought in and the deal for Naby Keita came to pass after a season-long wait.
But most significantly of all, perhaps, was the mega money signing of goalkeeper Alisson.
The Reds shelled out £56million for the Brazilian, with add-ons taking the total up to around £65million.
As the ECHO wrote back then, there was competition from Chelsea for the shot-stoppers’s services.
Alisson was believed to have “been on their radar for some time” but reports suggested the Stamford Bridge side were unwilling to match Liverpool’s bids.
Now, however, it seems more detail has emerged on what happened with the Londoners.
The Mirror cites an account from The Athletic which indicates Chelsea were in advanced talks with Alisson.
The report even says the keeper may have been keen on a move to the capital.
But it is claimed Chelsea “took their eye off the ball when they thought wantaway keeper [Thibaut] Courtois could be convinced to stay”.
If the suggestions are true, then it was a genuine double blow for the club.
Not only did Courtois secure his desired switch to Real Madrid, but Liverpool went on to successfully seal a deal for Alisson.
It left Chelsea and then-manager Maurizio Sarri with little choice but to swoop for Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a mammoth £73million.
But that has not worked out too well so far, with Kepa being dropped at one stage during this campaign for veteran Willy Caballero.
Rumours now have it that current boss Frank Lampard is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper to become his first choice starter.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are currently 25 points clear at the top of the suspended Premier League.
And there is little doubt that Alisson is right up there as arguably the best keeper in the world.