Thiago Alcantara confided in Philippe Coutinho before Liverpool move

Thiago Alcantara had confided in Philippe Coutinho prior to his move to Liverpool.

The Spain international was desperate to join the Reds because of Jurgen Klopp and turned down a contract at Bayern Munich.

The midfielder had spent seven years in the Bundesliga and was keen on a new challenge.

Bayern were reluctant to let such a stylish player go but with his contract running out next summer, they were left with little choice.

But one player in Bavaria knows all about life in Liverpool and Thiago was keen to seek him out for his advice.

Coutinho spent five years at Anfield and made over 150 Premier League appearances.

And when asked if he looked for advice ahead of his prospective move to Merseyside, Thiago admitted: "Yeah, for sure.

"More than the football aspect because in the end, Liverpool is what it is for the last years, the last decades.

"They were amazing, they performed and it is raising every year as much as you can, as much as they can, as much as we can, is what I should say.

"More than that, it is the family aspect, the life aspect – how is the city?

"Where to go, how life was. People like Philippe Coutinho and Xabi Alonso helped me a lot to take this last step. It’s really good."

Meanwhile, Sky Sports transfer guru Kaveh Solhekol has opened up on how well Liverpool did to get such a good deal for the World Cup winner.

He said: "Liverpool signing Thiago shows how high Liverpool’s standing is right now in world football because this is a player who is the best in the world at what he does.

"He’s been at Bayern Munich for seven seasons, he’s won a title every season, he’s just won the Champions League and was one of the best players in the competition last season.

"Bayern were aware his contract was running out next summer.

"They put a new contract in front of him, a four year deal and they thought it was all agreed, he was going to sign on the dotted line but at the last minute, he had a change of heart and decided to leave this summer.

"Bayern decided to let him go and he wants a new challenge which is at Liverpool.

"From Liverpool’s point of view, Bayern were initially asking for €30m and there was no way Liverpool were going to pay that.

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"The way they’ve structured this deal is that they are paying £20m but over four seasons so £5m per year for Thiago.

"When you look at it like that, it is the best lease purchase deal I have ever seen to get a player that good for just £5m per year.

"That’s why a lot of Liverpool fans on social media are saying their sporting director Michael Edwards is a genius."

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