Loris Karius said he had his heart set on a Liverpool move following a phone call with manager Jurgen Klopp.
Karius, 23, left Mainz for Liverpool for around €6 million in the summer after making 91 Bundesliga appearances for the German club.
The goalkeeper broke his hand during preseason but has now displaced Simon Mignolet as the Reds’ No. 1, with Klopp confirming as much earlier this week.
“He is a big personality everyone listens to,” Karius told Sport Bild of Klopp. “He briefly introduced himself [on the phone], and then we had a long chat. I had a good feeling because he’s such pleasant guy.
“We talked about this and that, and I soon realised that we are talking the same language. It was immediately clear to me that I wanted to move to Liverpool.”
Karius added that Klopp is “extremely hungry for success” and is doing everything in his power to further Liverpool.
“That’s the way he assembled our squad, with players who are all up for doing great things with Liverpool,” he said.
Karius’ name has amused journalists in Germany because of its similarities with a Norwegian children’s book to introduce kids to tooth brushing, so Sport Bild asked what the keeper feared more: visiting the dentist or playing against Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“It’s definitely the dentist,” Karius said. “Ibrahimovic is certainly a great player, but during a match I don’t waste any thoughts on who is opposing me, and you never have any fears on the pitch.”