Liverpool are on the brink of making another summer signing after agreeing a £25 million deal for Newcastle’s Georgino Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman was relegated from the Premier League last season but impressed by scoring 11 goals during the campaign. However, it seems as though there’s some confusion regarding the 25-year-old’s best position.
In March, Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez admitted to the fact he was unsure exactly where he should deploy the midfielder.
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“That is the problem – because he is so good, he can play everywhere and do well,” he said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“We were thinking about where to play him the other day, and we said: ‘His best position could be behind the striker’.
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“But because he is doing well he can play on the right, he can play on the left.
“And even then I was talking to him about when he was playing against Costa Rica (for the Netherlands) in the World Cup in Brazil in a deeper position, and he can play there too because he is so good.”
And it seems that Jamie Carragher also doesn’t know where Jurgen Klopp plans on playing Wijnaldum if he does complete a deal.
After the Daily Mail reported that his former club had agreed a deal with the Newcastle player, Carragher tweeted: “Interested to see where he fits in, CM alongside Can? One of the three behind the striker? What's his best position??”
Wijnaldum would have to fight the likes of captain Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Marko Gruijic, James Milner and Lucas Leiva for one of the two central midfield positions. However, he may have an even tougher task to play in a more advanced role with Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic wanting one of the three available spots behind the striker.
While the Sky Sports pundit doesn’t know where Wijnaldum will fit into the side, hopefully Klopp has a good idea.
Wijnaldum is expected to team up with the Liverpool squad that flew to America on Thursday morning as their pre-season continues. His first appearance in a red shirt is likely to come against Chelsea next Thursday before they face AC Milan on Sunday 31 July. They will then face Roma in St. Louis on August 2.
If Klopp still hasn’t made up his mind on which position he plans on playing Wijnaldum by then, he will have a final chance against Barcelona on August 6 at Wembley - although they also face Mainz in Germany the following day.