Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says new signing Thiago Alcantara wanted a new challenge away from Bayern Munich after winning the Champions League.
Liverpool announced the signing of the Spanish midfielder for £20m (plus £5m in potential add-ons) on a four-year deal.
The 29-year old who will reportedly earn £200,000 a week has been handed the number 6 shirt, the same number he wore at Bayern Munich.
When asked if he wanted to sign the player in the past, Klopp said he has always bee a fan of Thiago’s talent who he said was a key player for Bayern.
“A player like Thiago – settled that much at Bayern – is usually out of reach for pretty much everybody,” Klopp said. “If the player doesn’t want [to move] massively then you have no chance. You see that Bayern have long, long, long-term contracts with their main players. And Thiago was a main player for Bayern over the years.
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“I know all the people at Bayern wanted to keep him desperately, that’s normal and understandable because he played an important role, in the last season as well. He just was ready for a new challenge and he decided for us and that’s a compliment actually because he knows the Premier League is tough but he wants to come to the Premier League; he knows we have a good team but he wants to come to this team.
“When we spoke about all the players, he respects them all massively. He admires them. We played against him when we played Munich in the Champions League two years ago, so he knows what kind of machine we can be and he wanted to be part of that.
“It is about the club, it’s about the team, that he wanted to join us. That’s really cool. But did I think about him earlier? I thought a lot about him but never as a potential transfer, to be honest.”
The former Barcelona midfielder has won nine league titles, two Champions Leagues and two FIFA Club World Cups with his respective previous teams.
He has represented the Spanish national team 39 times.
Liverpool will travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday and Thiago is in line for his debut.
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