Xabi Alonso has revealed how he helped convince Thiago Alcantara to join Liverpool.
Alonso and Thiago were Spanish teammates and also shared a dressing room at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for many years.
Thiago ended his seven-year association with Bayern in 2020 and secured a move to Anfield, where he has won the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
A number of clubs have expressed interest in signing Thiago as his contract with Bayern Munich expires and the midfielder spoke to Alonso about a potential move to Liverpool.
Alonso spent five years at Anfield and featured in the club’s memorable Champions League win in 2005.
Asked if he spoke to Thiago ahead of his move to Anfield, Alonso told Liverpool’s official website: “We’ve talked a lot this summer because he’s been thinking about the option.
“I said, ‘Thiago, you love football, you’re at a great club, you’re at Bayern Munich and you’ve achieved great things, but Liverpool is pure football and you’re going to enjoy it as much as you do.
“If you feel like it’s the right moment for a new chapter, you won’t get better seats than Liverpool.”
“Once red, always red – that’s not a logo, I think it’s reality. Not just my case, I think most of us feel very connected to the club.
“Wherever you are in the world, Liverpool fans remember you and hold you closer to the club. That’s the best thing about Liverpool – all the support and all the family around the world.
On Thiago’s unique talents, Alonso added: “You could see he’s a different player. He’s a different talent because he’s competitive, but at the same time he has those magical Brazilian moves that aren’t so European.
“He’s competitive but he can do different things. He was a great player at Bayern and he continues to be consistent and a great player at Liverpool.
Alonso also praised Jurgen Klopp, who has won multiple trophies as a Liverpool manager.
“I loved my games against his Dortmund when I was in Madrid and Bayern,” said Alonso. “You could see that he was something special.
“I remember when he signed for Liverpool I immediately felt like he was the man.
“We played against Liverpool in Mainz [in a pre-season friendly in 2006] and on the show he mentioned that his favorite stadium was Anfield. That was in my head.
“When he signed for Liverpool, I did [was like]”He’s always had that in mind and he’s the right man for the job.”
“What he did after that is a treasure, what we have at Liverpool, what Jurgen built and inspiration for the players, for the club, for the fans, for everyone.”
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