On Friday, Liverpool finally announced what many consider the signing of the summer, landing midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
It’s claimed that Thiago has joined for an initial €25 million fee, which could rise by a further €5m due to various add-ons.
Soon after the news became official, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp began gushing over his new signing.
“It’s pretty simple: he is – and nobody would see this in a different way – an absolutely exceptional player,” Klopp told a news conference.
“It is difficult to improve the team in a normal way. Again, nothing to do with other teams, but if you take out £300m or £400m then maybe we could find a player, but even then it’s not easy.
“In this specific case, he really brings a different dimension to our game and has some skills that are in general pretty rare and that suits us well. He’s different and that’s what I was very interested in.
“As well as that, he was pretty excited about the opportunity and did not need a lot of convincing.
“It always helps when a player really wants to be part of a specific project, so all the things came together, and that’s a win-win situation. I’m really happy we could do it.”
Thiago obviously will not be available for selection this Sunday when the Reds take on Chelsea. He could make his debut in EFL Cup action on Thursday when Liverpool take on Lincoln City.