Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says new signing Thiago Alcantara surprised him with his desire to become part of the club’s project.
The Reds confirmed the arrival of the Bayern Munich midfielder on Friday. Thiago joins on a four-year deal, believed to be worth an initial £20million.
The Spaniard has explained how he has achieved one of his long-term goals by joining the Premier League champions.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Klopp also expressed his delight at the deal, revealing how chats with the player helped him realise the 29-year-old’s long-standing wish of a deal.
“Great! Absolutely great. I’m really happy that it finally worked out and we could just do it,” Klopp said of the move. “It’s very exceptional because in our situation, a lot of people around us talk constantly – ‘What are you doing? – bam, bam, bam.
“Then preparing something like this, working on all different things you have to work in a transfer like this – with thinking about a player like him already is a joy, to be honest, because it gives us obviously some options.
“Then you get in contact with the boy and then you realise, OK, he obviously likes this project as well pretty much, even before he is here, which was really nice.
“I learned more and more about him as a person; the player I knew before, the person I learned. So I’m really happy to bring this wonderful person in as an add-on to the squad, which is just good for football reasons – but for all the other reasons as well. So, yeah, absolutely happy that he’s here.”
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Klopp also explained how Thiago has several weapons at his disposal to help his side both in attack and defence.
“He can demand rhythm, that’s how it is. He can obviously create and use space for other players, all these kinds of things. First touch incredible; vision incredible; passing pretty good!” the manager added.
“But is quick as well. Work-rate great. His numbers were absolutely special last year in Germany as well, most steals, ball recoveries and all these kinds of things; most passes.
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“But we don’t play like Bayern, so that still will need some time to get settled and nobody should expect – and I don’t expect – the special things immediately, first game, let’s see.
“It’s a long-term project and we have a good team, so we can give time. But, of course, we want to use him on the pitch, that’s clear. So the work can start now.”
Klopp added that Sunday’s clash with Chelsea could come too soon for Thiago.
“We will see,” he said. “I didn’t make the squad now for Sunday. We will see what we can do. I didn’t meet him now, we had only phone calls and exchanged messages.
“So, let’s have a look how he feels. Around a transfer like this the days are pretty busy with things you usually don’t do. If he looks alright, we will find the right place for him.”