Dani Alves has told FourFourTwo he “pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool” before a move to the club fell through in 2006.
Manager Rafael Benitez had identified Alves, then at Sevilla, as a top transfer target.
Rick Parry, Liverpool’s CEO at the time, recently said a deal for Alves fell through because of financial reasons, with the full-back joining Barcelona in 2008.
“I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” Alves said. “But, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen at the last moment and I really don’t know why as I wasn’t the one conducting the negotiations.
“I had other people representing me back then. Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid.
“Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona fans] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”
Alves, 34, is now at Paris Saint-Germain after moving from Juventus on a free transfer in the summer.
He was close to joining Manchester City before heading for PSG, and said he was not sure whether he could still achieve his aim of playing in the Premier League.
“I still have this ambition, yes,” he said. “But I don’t know if it will happen now. I think there are plenty of things to do here first with PSG.”
Glenn is ESPN FC’s Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.