Pedro Chirivella joined Liverpool from Valencia in 2013, although always highly rated at Merseyside, his path to the first-team was blocked by more senior players as he made only 9 senior appearances for the Reds.
The 23-year-old midfielder joined the Ligue 1 club from Liverpool on a free transfer, despite the Premier League champions' efforts to renew the midfielder’s contract with the club.
Chirivella told AS of severing ties with the Reds: “We were in full negotiations with Liverpool, who offered me a fairly long four or five-year contract and we didn’t know what to do.
“Then Nantes came with an interesting proposal for me and talking to the coach and president, we decided it was the best option, and I came to Nantes in June.
“I know it is a club with a history in France that has done great things and, honestly, I did not expect to go to France. I wanted to go back to Spain, and the confinement changed everything. When Nantes came, I didn’t think twice.
“I wanted to leave Liverpool, and I wanted to play. It was a clear proposal with which I did not have much doubt when signing. It was quick.”
Once dubbed as the ‘next Xabi Alonso’, the Spaniard is now looking to fulfill his potential away from England and says he never tried to fill the World Cup winner’s boots.
He added: “Those kinds of comparisons are easy.
“A Spanish midfielder who played for Liverpool, the easy thing is to compare, but I don’t like anything like that. Because it is putting pressure on a 17-year-old boy who is very young, and Xabi Alonso had done everything with Liverpool, Real Madrid and the national team.
“It is not something that I focus on, and it gets into my head because I know that there are very few players like that and I was just a young kid who wanted to get to Liverpool.”