Jose Enrique has insisted his first choice destination was always Liverpool as he prepares to seal a move to Anfield.
The Reds agreed a fee with Newcastle for the Spanish left-back on Thursday and the transfer is expected to be finalised before the weekend after he travelled to Merseyside to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
He is set to sign a four-year deal after turning down the opportunity to play in other major European leagues such as the Italian Serie A and La Liga in his homeland.
Enrique maintains that he never intended to leave the Premier League as he is well suited to English football and believes it is good for his development.
The 25-year-old is excited about his imminent switch to Liverpool and hopes the move will enhance his chances of breaking into the Spain team on a regular basis.
"I have rejected good offers from other league to stay in England," he said in the Daily Mirror.
"The style of football here is perfect for me and I want to improve myself as a player.
"I always wanted to go to Liverpool and they were always my first choice.
"One of my ambitions is to play regularly for Spain and it's more realistic for me to fight for a place with Liverpool than with Spain."