When the news broke early last week that Liverpool were interested in Georginio Wijnaldum, fans, on the whole, were quite disappointed, with most wishing for his Newcastle United teammate Moussa Sissoko.
Despite the fans' reactions, Liverpool have gone ahead with the deal and now have a fee agreed with the Magpies.
So, why Wijnaldum?
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Georginio Wijnaldum joined Newcastle from PSV Eindhoven last summer for a reported transfer fee of £14.5 million. He went on to be a shining light in a very dull Newcastle season, scoring 11 goals in 38 games.
Despite Newcastle being relegated last season, the Dutchman scored the most goals from midfield, along with Marko Arnautovic, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Sadio Mane - another one of Liverpool's summer signings.
So ultimately in buying Wijnaldum, the Reds have brought goals from midfield. The signing of Wijnaldum would mean that Liverpool have two of the four top scoring midfielders in the league from last season; which Liverpool have lacked since the departure of the much-loved Steven Gerrard.
The difficult challenge that Jurgen Klopp will face is where to play him?
Wijnaldum mostly played behind the striker for Newcastle in the attacking midfield role, featuring on the left or right. When former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez was appointed in March, he had a lot of praise for Wijnaldum, but a phrase that will stick out and could potentially help Jurgen Klopp is: “Georginio Wijnaldum is so good, he can play everywhere."
Liverpool currently have several players who play or can play in Wijnaldum's desired role, with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and even rising star Sheyi Ojo.
This makes it difficult to see where Wijnaldum would fit in, but Klopp has previously said that he always wants at least four players in the box, and in his 4-2-3-1 system, that would mean if a player has the ball out wide, one of the centre midfielders would be required to be up there amongst the attacking players, which opens up the door for Wijnaldum to play centre midfield for Liverpool.
Wherever he plays, it is difficult to see him sitting on the bench as the Reds have spent big money to get him. His pace along with Mane's and the flair of Coutinho and Firmino can only mean exciting things ahead for Liverpool.
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