Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is delighted to have signed Wijnaldum
Jürgen Klopp has told Liverpool's official club website that he can't wait to see his new signing Georginio Wijnaldum in a Reds shirt after the club concluded a £25 million deal with Newcastle United earlier today.
Wijnaldum was relegated to the Championship with former club Newcastle last season, compounding a disappointing first season in English football in the North East.
The Dutch midfielder was signed from PSV Eindhoven last summer to much fanfare, and despite Newcastle's poor campaign, Wijnaldum himself certainly impressed, appearing in every Premier League game for the Magpies, finishing as their top scorer with 11 goals.
Georginio Wijnaldum signed for Newcastle a year ago
And despite signing a five year deal at St James' Park last summer, Wijnaldum made it clear he did not wish to play in Engand's second tier, reportedly telling his agent last month to find him a new club, according to the Chronicle.
Liverpool were quick to show interest, and Jürgen Klopp's determination to sign him was reflected by his delight at the completion of the deal.
"I am so happy that we have got him and he can join us now in the USA,” Klopp said.
“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.”
Georginio Wijnaldum memorably scored four against Norwich last season
"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, who is 25, has chosen to take the number 5 shirt at Anfield.
Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy and Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum in action
The Dutchman is already an established international, with 30 caps for his country, netting 6 goals.
He is Klopp's seventh signing of the summer already, as the German looks to make his mark on the club during his first summer transfer window.