Del Piero declined Reds due to Heysel

Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero revealed that he had the opportunity to join Liverpool but chose not to because of his bitter memories from the Heysel Stadium disaster.

Alessandro Del Piero

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The 37-year-old left Juventus over the summer after an illustrious career that saw him make 513 Serie A appearances and win six league titles with the Bianconeri. 

A number of clubs sought his signature over the summer as the flamboyant midfielder still appeared to be in prime fitness for the demands of league football. Ultimately, though, he chose not to stay in Europe and surprised the footballing world by joining A-League outfit Sydney FC instead. 

The lifelong Juventus fan revealed that he also could have been part of new manager Brendan Rodgers' revolution at Liverpool but he spurned the opportunity in order to respect the memory of the 39 fans who died during the crushing that occured in the 1985 European Cup final between the two sides. 

English clubs were slapped with a five-season ban from participation in European competitions following the incident. 

"Why I said no to Liverpool? Negotiations with Sydney were already advanced and then I thought about what had happened at Heysel," Del Piero told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Juve and Liverpool were able to rebuild the relationship, but for many people that tragedy is an indelible memory. 

"I thank all the clubs which wanted me, but I'm convinced of my choice."

Del Piero also revealed that he still misses playing for Juventus but is slowly adjusting to life in Australia. 

“One month is not much to make judgments but the beginning is comforting from every point of view.

“The farewell to Juve still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

“One year and a half ago I would not have imagined that this would happen, then things change.

“I still have the great satisfaction of having given everything I could for Juventus.”

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