Liverpool announce signing of Thiago Alcantara and midfielder could make his debut against Chelsea
Liverpool completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on Friday.
The Spain international is the Reds’ second summer signing after left-back Kostas Tsimikas and could make his debut in the huge Premier League showdown with big-spending Chelsea on Sunday.
He has put pen to paper on a long-term deal with Liverpool and leaves Bayern after winning seven successive Bundesliga titles in his seven seasons in Germany.
Liverpool have paid just £20million up front for Thiago with add-ons possibly increasing the fee by a further £5m.
Upon signing, the Merseyside club’s new number six said: “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.
- LaLiga x2
- Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de Espana x2
- Champions League
- UEFA Super Cup
- Club World Cup
- Bundesliga x7
- DFB-Pokal x4
- DFL-Supercup x3
- Club World Cup
- Champions League
He added: “I must adapt to the team as fast as I can in the situation and the context that we are living right now.
“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.”
Liverpool signed Thiago in time to feature against Chelsea on Sunday, with boss Jurgen Klopp set to make a decision on whether to include him in his squad after training on Saturday.
“I didn’t make the squad now for Sunday. We will see what we can do,” he said. “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.”
Thiago most recently played a key role as Bayern won the treble in 2019/20, which included their Champions League final defeat of PSG last month.
A winner of 39 caps for Spain, the 29-year-old has long been linked with a Premier League transfer, and Manchester United were battling to sign Thiago this summer before Liverpool wrapped up their deal.
And it has been revealed United had actually agreed to sign Thiago many years ago before the plug was pulled on the transfer at the eleventh hour.
Thiago joined Bayern from Barcelona in 2013 but he could have instead ended up at Old Trafford as the first major signing of David Moyes’ reign as manager.
According to The Athletic, Sir Alex Ferguson had lined up Thiago as a ‘leaving present’ for his chosen successor, Moyes, and the signing had everything agreed after years of scouting.
But, the report claims, Moyes called the signing off as he ‘didn’t feel he knew enough about the player’.
Thiago ended up moving to Bayern and winning silverware aplenty, and he now heads to Anfield to strengthen Man United’s fierce rivals Liverpool.