EPL: I convinced him – Alonso names midfielder he made join Liverpool
Liverpool legend, Xabi Alonso has revealed how he helped convince Thiago Alcantara to leave Bayern Munich for Liverpool.
Both midfielders played together in Spain’s national team and shared a dressing room for many years at Bayern.
Thiago left Bayern in 2020 after seven years and secured a move to Liverpool, helping the Reds to win the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
When he wanted to leave Germany, Thiago had a number of suitors and Alonso believes it was his advice that made the midfielder choose Anfield.
Alonso told Liverpool’s official website: “We talked a lot that summer because he was thinking about the option.
‘I said, “Thiago, you love football, you’re in a great club, you’re in Bayern and you’ve achieved great things, but Liverpool is pure football and you’re going to enjoy it as much as you have done.
“If you feel it’s the right moment for a new chapter, you won’t get better places than Liverpool.
“Once a Red, always a Red – it’s not a logo, I think it’s a reality.”
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