Glen Johnson reveals he snubbed Chelsea for Liverpool transfer after phone calls from persistent Anfield stars

Glen Johnson reveals he snubbed Chelsea for Liverpool transfer after phone calls from persistent Anfield stars

A CHARM offensive from top Liverpool stars convinced Glen Johnson to snub Chelsea in favour of a move to Anfield.

The ex-Reds right back has revealed how the likes of Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso called him to sing the club’s praises as he weighed up his options back in 2009.

Johnson was at that point playing for Portsmouth and was wanted by a host of other top teams, including his old club Chelsea and Manchester City.

But the effort shown by Liverpool talent in contacting him persuaded him to move to Merseyside.

Johnson told the Liverpool Echo: “If a club like Liverpool comes knocking, you obviously immediately have an eye on it and an interest.

“But what swung it was we played for England that summer, just before I signed, and I had a good chat with Stevie (Gerrard).

“And then I spoke to Torres and Alonso as well before signing. I just thought these were some of the best players in the world.

“They don’t need to phone me but they were phoning me to let me know how much they wanted me to join.

“Straight away, I felt like I knew them and it made me feel super welcome before I signed and everything just felt right.”

The England international eventually moved to Anfield in a £17.5million deal and would go on to make 200 appearances for the club.

He won a single Carling Cup during his time in the North West as new owner John W. Henry set about building the powerhouse it is today.

And he never got to play alongside Alonso, who departed for Real Madrid even after his efforts to entice Johnson to join him at Liverpool.

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