Wijnaldum: Klopp chat convinced me to sign for Reds

Date published: Monday 25th July 2016 8:54

New signing Georginio Wijnaldum admits his mind was made up to join Liverpool once he had spoken with manager Jurgen Klopp.

Tottenham and Everton were also interested in the midfielder but he instead chose to join the Reds from Newcastle for £23million plus £2million worth of add-ons.

Wijnaldum, who only moved to the Premier League last summer, says Klopp gave him a “good feeling” that Anfield would be the right place to continue his career.

“It was straight after the conversation I had with Jurgen Klopp that I had the feeling that I wanted to come to Liverpool,” said Wijnaldum, speaking after his first training session with the Reds.

“Of course Liverpool is a big club with a good history. Everyone knows that.

“But there had to be a match. He’s in charge and if a great trainer like him wants you then it gives you more confidence to come to a club like this.

“There was interest from Everton yes, but Liverpool had more interest.

“Jurgen gave me a good feeling in that conversation. Straight after that I wanted to sign for Liverpool.”

Klopp seems equally excited about the move and said over the weekend that Wijnaldum can be a “great player” for the club.

And the midfielder explains why the conversation with Klopp had such a profound effect on him.

“In that conversation he made me feel really good. He gave me a lot of confidence because he said he liked my way of playing football.

“He said I was a person he really wanted to have in his squad.

“Something like that is always good to hear. It made me happy, especially as it came from such a great trainer like Jurgen Klopp.

“He showed how good he is at [Borussia] Dortmund with all the success he had. It’s always great when a trainer of that kind of ability says he needs you in his team.”

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