Jurgen Klopp reportedly prevented Barcelona from signing Thiago Alcantara in the recent transfer window.
The Anfield outfit landed their top transfer target last month after many months of pursuing the Spain international.
The former Bayern Munich man signed a four-year deal on Merseyside and made an immediate impact on his debut against Chelsea.
However, he has been denied more game time with the Reds after testing positive for coronavirus. That made him unavailable for the double-header against Arsenal, as well as the shock 7-2 loss at Aston Villa.
But Thiago could have been playing for a completely different team this season, had Barca got their way.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Catalan giants made an ambitious last-gasp swoop to sign a player who they sold to Bayern back in 2013.
But the Italian journalist, writing in the Guardian, revealed that Thiago had already made up his mind after several video calls with Klopp.
The 29-year-old was long tipped for a move to the Premier League champions before the deal actually materialised.
The playmaker was “convinced and enthralled” by Klopp’s proposal, and ultimately decided that Anfield was the place for him.
Liverpool and Thiago are back in action this weekend when they take on an unbeaten Everton in the Merseyside derby.
- TEAMtalk media