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Georginio Wijnaldum explains how Jurgen Klopp convinced him to join Liverpool

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Newcastle's unfortunate relegation from the Premier League last season was viewed as a gigantic positive for everyone else left in the division.

That's because many of the Magpies' biggest stars, who were clearly too good to play in the Championship, became available to buy and there was no shortage of interested parties.

One of Rafael Benitez's most gifted talents was Georginio Wijnaldum, who had only moved to the north east 12 months previously but showed enough to suggest he could still cut it at the top level.

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The race for the Dutchman's signature was fierce, with both Liverpool and Tottenham particularly keen to agree a deal.

Of course, by the fact Wijnaldum now turns out at Anfield every week we know Jurgen Klopp won the battle and the midfielder has explained exactly what influenced his decision to move to Merseyside.

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"I had great conversations with [Mauricio] Pochettino and Klopp. But in the meeting with Jürgen we had a laugh and did not speak only about football," Wijnaldum said, in an interview with The Guardian.

"He was interested in my personal life and that was good for me. He was not only interested in Wijnaldum the footballer but Wijnaldum the person.

"When you’re not out on the football field you have to communicate with people and it is good if you know something about how the other person is. It makes things easier."

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While it is still early in Wijnaldum's Liverpool career, the 26-year-old already looks like a better investment than the alternative on offer.

After accepting defeat on the Dutch international, Spurs boss Pochettino was forced to direct his attention to Wijnaldum's old Newcastle teammate, Moussa Sissoko.

The Frenchman hasn't convinced since moving to White Hart Lane for nearly £30 million in the summer and his plight must make Liverpool fans even more grateful for having Klopp as manager.

Since Klopp took charge of the Reds over 12 months ago, the special bond he tries to develop with every player has become clearly evident.

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Some coaches tend to keep their distance from their big stars but not Klopp, who appears to find a way of bringing the best out of each individual.

The German's approach doesn't work for everyone, though just ask Mario Balotelli and Mamadou Sakho.

Nevertheless, you can't exactly argue with the results of Klopp's hands-on style.

After 12 matches, Liverpool are just one point behind league leaders, Chelsea and many bookmakers expect them to be well in contention for domestic honours by the end of the season.

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