Atletico Madrid loanee Javier Manquillo has told Spanish reporters why he moved to Liverpool on a two-year loan deal.
The 20-year-old right-back opted to trade the Spanish capital for Brendan Rodgers’s side in the summer as he joined the Reds on an initial two-year loan deal.
Manquillo found first-team opportunities hard to come by with Los Cochoneros so joining the Merseyside outfit who currently possess right-backs Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan came as a surprise to many.
The Spain U23 international however is currently relishing the challenge and revealed to Spanish publication AS that the prestige of Liverpool is what prompted him to make the move.
“Why did I join? Because it's a big club, like Atletico, and because they have won five European Cups. It is an institution of European football and it is a member of one of the best leagues in the world," he explained.
“I came and I knew what to expect. Johnson's one of the world's best, but it was the best move for me. Atletico and I decided it was best, I needed to leave and play.”
“Here you have the pressure of a big team, the requirement, and that helps you mature. It was never going to be easy, but my expectations are being met.”
Manquillo has made seven Premier League starts since joining the club and has performed well despite the team’s recent struggles in the league.
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As per the table above, the former Atleti youth product has averaged 2.43 tackles, two effective clearances, two interceptions and 2.71 ball recoveries per game.
Despite joining for two seasons, Manquillo has made it clear that his primary objective is to play regularly as he decides to look no further than the immediate future.
“My goal is to play the most minutes possible for Liverpool this season. I do not look beyond that," he added.