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The Spanish international received several approaches when an exit door was opened at Bayern Munich, but chose to head to England
Thiago Alcántara has revealed that he rejected offers from LaLiga to move to Liverpool, with the Spanish international “very happy” at the cost of an “easy decision”.
Several approaches were made for the elegant playmaker when an exit door opened at Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020.
The former Barcelona star pondered things carefully before settling on a big career decision, and the opportunity to bond with the Premier League champions at Anfield proved too good to turn down.
What has been said?
Thiago said WHAT: “I had options to return (to Spain), but it was clear to me. Leaving Bayern was to experience the Premier League, a very competitive league.
“When I got the call from the coach (Jurgen Klopp) and the club, it was an easy decision to choose the destination.
But it was difficult to decide if he really wanted to leave Bayern. In the end it happened and I am very happy.
“It is a change of country, club, stadium and you have the expectation, not only to see the fans in the stadium – and it will be beautiful to see Anfield full – but also the experience of learning, day by day, about this new country. “
How has Thiago been at Liverpool?
The 2020-21 campaign has been a test for everyone involved at Anfield, with a season that promised much still in danger of fading.
Thiago has faced a fair amount of criticism in England, with many accusing him of holding back the Reds and forcing them to change their ways.
Annoying injuries and a Covid-19 fight have done his cause few favors, but lately a man who has had 19 appearances in all competitions has offered encouraging signs.
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Thiago is trying to help Liverpool round a corner and finish in the top four in the Premier League.
Klopp’s men are also chasing Champions League glory, with an expected quarter-final clash with Real Madrid next on the agenda.
There is plenty of history between the Reds and the Whites, with a memorable final contested between the two in 2018, and Thiago is hoping to face some familiar faces, including his international teammate Sergio Ramos.
He added: “It’s great to play with Sergio. Years go by and you keep learning from him, he keeps evolving, he still wants to compete, his main feature is this ambition, this fight.
“It happens to us in the national team and we can learn from a boy who, even with so much success and with so much recognition in football, still wants more. I love having Sergio in the national team as a teammate and, when we are rivals, he will be my rival. “