Levi Colwill admits former Jürgen Klopp star convinced him against Liverpool transfer decision – Liverpool.com

Levi Colwill was heavily linked with a move to Anfield, with Liverpool interested in the Chelsea defender before he signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has shared how a conversation with his former Brighton teammate and ex-Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana played a crucial role in his decision to commit to a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.
Lallana, who had a significant impact on Colwill's development during his loan spell at Brighton last season, spoke highly of Mauricio Pochettino, the new Chelsea manager, when asked about him by Colwill. This praise from Lallana influenced the youngster's perception of Pochettino and ultimately led him to sign a six-year deal with Chelsea, amid transfer interest from Liverpool.
“I have had conversations with Adam,” said Colwill. “And he told me about how much of a good guy he (Pochettino) was and he thinks he is a really good manager and I took that on board when I was making my decision. When I finally met him (Pochettino), I realized everything Adam said was true.”
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Colwill expressed his appreciation for Pochettino's managerial style, with the 20-year-old of the clear belief that Chelsea chiefs made the correct decision when appointing the Argentine ahead of the new season. He told the Mirror: “He is a great manager, really makes me feel comfortable and allows me to play my best game. I think with him at the club, it has changed so much and now we want to kick on.
“I think the big thing for me is, on the first day I came in, putting an arm around me and showing me that he respects me as a person and also as a player. That allows me to work my hardest and makes me want to play my best for him.
“That’s a big difference, him showing that there are two sides whereas the majority of managers may just look at you like a footballer, which he doesn’t. That helps me play my best football. I know I’m going to improve. I can guarantee that. He’s such a good manager and he will push me, he won’t let me have any off-days, that’s what I need.
“Someone like me, if someone lets me go to sleep, I might just have a good day or a bad day. I need someone there to give me that kick up the bum and say ‘keep going’. That’s what he does.”
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Liverpool was interested in Colwill during the summer transfer window (as per the ECHO), but the Reds eventually opted against signing a centre-back, instead reinforcing Jürgen Klopp's midfield with four new players.
Colwill's impressive form has earned him a call-up to the England senior squad and he credits Lallana for his support during their time together at Brighton. He said: “I am someone who is a chilled person and sometimes I need someone to give me a bit of a push.
“And at first I did not really understand why he (Adam) was always on me. But then once it clicked in my head, I realised that he was only trying to help me. I was happy and lucky to play alongside him and he definitely helped me.”
The youngster added: “Getting formally called up is amazing. Dream come true. It has been an amazing year.”
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