He said, "I have loved watching Thiago Alcantara, the way he has been able to connect with the attacking players, helping to defend with his special qualities.
"He's a great friend, but above that, he's become one of the best midfielders.
"And he's a fabulous, intelligent, interesting, fun guy to be around in a training session and a dressing room.
"He loves football; he shows that with his personality and with the way he plays. He's able to connect with his team-mates very easily.
"He's done it fantastically at Bayern, and I feel that he's going to do it in the same way at Liverpool, and I love it."