Liverpool have signed Georginio Wijnaldum for £25 million but fans might be wondering where he fits into the team and whether he was worth the money.
The Reds already have a few attacking midfielders in their ranks including Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana.
Did Jurgen Klopp really need to add the Netherlands international to his ranks?
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The Liverpool boss certainly believes so.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Klopp expressed his delight at the acquisition of Wijnaldum and explained why he’s brought the former Newcastle United player to Anfield.
Klopp on why he has signed Wijnaldum
"I am so happy that we have got him and he can join us now in the USA,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I think he can be a great player for us. He has already shown some really good moments in his career but the most exciting and important thing for me and my staff is that there is still so much extra to come from him.
“When I talked to him I could tell that he knows we have to work together to get this level out of him to all be successful for the team.”
The German coach added: “He has played a lot for his country already, been captain at a young age in Holland and also been involved in a tough Premier League season so this experience gives him a good foundation for the challenge here - which everybody knows is huge!
“He can play a few positions for us and players that come through the Dutch system usually have a good tactical understanding and flexibility. That's really important.
“I can't wait to get him on the training pitch and for the fans to see him play in a Liverpool shirt."
Wijnaldum was inconsistent last season
When Wijnaldum was on song last season, he was excellent. His best performance for the Magpies came on October 18 when he scored four goals in a 6-2 victory over Norwich City.
However, Newcastle fans would argue that for much of the season he went missing.
The Magpies were, after all, relegated to the Championship at the end of last season.
Wijnaldum on his move to Liverpool
No wonder, then, that Wijnaldum sounds ecstatic with his latest move.
“I’m really excited because Liverpool is a big club with a great history and it’s always a dream to play for as big a club as Liverpool,” he told the club’s website.
And on the prospect of working under Klopp, the Dutch playmaker added: “[He seems] a great man - from the outside - because I don’t know how he works yet and I have to work with him.
“[But] I always love to watch him, his passion as a trainer, I like how he enjoys the game. He gives something back to the group [with his passion] so I look forward to working with him.”
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