Chelsea youngster encouraged Alderweireld to snub Liverpool

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Liverpool were snubbed by Ajax star Toby Alderweireld after a Chelsea youngster Toby Alderweireld convinced him to opt for Spain.

The Belgium international revealed the Anfield club made a late bid for him in the transfer window, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was disappointed and Alderweireld eventually moved to Atletico Madrid.

Now the 24-year-old has revealed that he was convinced Merseyside was not the place for him after speaking with compatriot Thibaut Courtois.

"I said Atletico were interested in me and he [Courtois] told me how great it is, this team and its fans," he told the official Atletico Madrid website.

"He advised me to come because he is very happy here."

Courtois and Alderweireld are teammates for the Belgium national team and the young goalkeeper has been on loan at Atletico Madrid since Chelsea purchased him in 2011.

Missing out on the Ajax youth product did not damage Liverpool's transfer plans too greatly, as they managed to secure the signatures of two more promising defenders in the shape of Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho for a combined £25million.

Sakho, signed from PSG, and Ilori, from Sporting Lisbon, join the free transfer signing of Kolo Toure after Rodgers spend a lot of time in the transfer window replenishing his back four.

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