Liverpool have announced that Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has signed for the club on a long-term contract.
After months of speculation, the Reds stepped up their interest in the Spaniard on Thursday. The two clubs agreed what is believed to be a four-year deal worth an initial £20million.
Thiago flew into Liverpool on Friday to complete his move and has now explained how his dream of moving to Anfield has come true.
“When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more. I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible.
“It also [has] this kind of family [feeling] that I need because we [like to] have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.”
THIAGO VOWS TO IMPROVE LIVERPOOL
Thiago also explained how he will help Liverpool both on and off the pitch.
“I must adapt to the team as fast as I can in the situation and the context that we are living right now,” he added.
“Everything is more compact and we started a little bit later, but still it is football and I think we have to mix all the big things up, all the good things we have. I will help the team in a defensive and offensive [way] and also in a mental aspect.
“[The fans] are not more excited than I am, for sure not! It is not about saying words, it is about doing the things. I will give my heart on the field to my teammates, the club and also to the fans.”
KLOPP ASSURES WIJNALDUM OF HIS LIVERPOOL ROLE
Earlier on Friday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted that the Thiago deal would not impact Georginio Wijnaldum’s future.
The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks after entering the final year of his deal.
However, Klopp said Thiago’s arrival will have no direct correlation with his fellow midfielder’s situation.