English Premier League Champions Liverpool have completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The 29-year-old was unveiled on Friday, having signed a four-year deal after the Reds struck a deal with European Champions Bayern Munich for a fee believed to be around £20m.
“I am excited not just to wait to play here, but also to train with my teammates, to get to know the coach and what he wants, how the team plays,” said Alcantara.
“I want to help the guys if I can help them to be even better than they are, and I can be better than I am. It would be so nice and I hope for that.”
The midfielder will wear the No. 6 jersey and may even have a chance to feature for his new side when they play Chelsea on Sunday.
Upon his acquisition, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the Spaniard’s abilities on the pitch, saying he would add quality to his side.
“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! 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,” said Klopp.
He however noted that Alcantara may need some time to settle in to Liverpool’s style of play.