Georginio Wijnaldum.

Georginio Wijnaldum reveals what Jurgen Klopp asked before signing him

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It's been a steady start to life at Liverpool for Georginio Wijnaldum.

Bought by Jurgen Klopp for £25 million from Newcastle United, the Dutchman has impressed and added a calming presence in central midfield.

Goalscoring is perhaps the only facet of Wijnaldum's game that's currently missing - he's yet to score for Liverpool in six Premier League appearances - but that's to be expected considering he's being played as a deep-lying playmaker.


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More is undoubtedly to come but the 25-year-old will need to make sure that's the case in order to justify his big-money summer move.

Klopp certainly sees something in him and, according to Wijnaldum, it was a question the German asked in their first meeting that determined whether he would become a Liverpool player.

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In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, he said: "We had one meeting, which was already convincing, and after that I was with my agent and I said: 'Let's see how serious they are.'

"But we had a meeting on the Sunday and on the Monday they called my agent to make me an offer and they went to Newcastle to make the deal.

"So that already gave me a feeling that he [Klopp] really wants me in his team, and that was a great feeling.

"Before we even had a conversation, he asked me: 'Why were you sitting on the bench last season?' because I had two games I was on the bench last season.


"I explained to him and [he] said: 'OK, we can now have a conversation.' We talked about football and how he wants to play, how he sees me in his team.

"And also that he can make me a much better player because he said: 'You can develop much more than you have now.'

"I also had it in my head that I can be much better than right now and I had a feeling that he was the right man to help me with that."

So, it was Wijnaldum's willingness to improve that convinced Klopp of splashing £25 million.


The Netherlands international also discussed how he's slowly adapting to his new role but hopes for improved performances in the future.

"To be fair, I settled in quite quick," he added, "but I am not really happy with my own performances, because I know I can do better.

"I will strive to do better. I am happy with our results and how I played, but not really happy as I know I can do better.

"It is also a new position. You play with new players, so those things take time and I think when I know everything good that I have to do, and when I know the players better than I do know, I can achieve more than I have right now."

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