Liverpool have completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, paying an initial £20 million to land the world-class playmaker.
The Reds had been heavily linked with the 29-year-old since the time the Champions League started up again at the end of the elongated 2019/20 season, with rumours subsiding little in the time between then and now.
Matters suddenly escalated on Thursday morning, with news that a fee had been agreed, and the Reds have swiftly followed that progress up by completing their second signing of the summer.
Bayern won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and beat PSG in the Champions League final a month ago, but with one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena he opted to tell the Bavarians he would seek a new challenge.
It was clear from the outset that Liverpool would be his preferred destination, despite rumours that Barcelona and Manchester United were trying to jump in on the deal.
He started his career at Barcelona, winning two titles under Pep Guardiola then following the manager to Bayern Munich in 2013, with Guardiola insisting on his signature.
Klopp has frequently praised the player, who will wear the number 6 shirt at Anfield, and is said to have pushed for his signature this summer before any departures are made in the transfer market.
The new signing could make his debut in the League Cup against Lincoln on Thursday evening.