Klopp explains how one conversation convinced him to sign Wijnaldum

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

The forward joined in a £25 million move from Newcastle United on Friday.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool’s official website that a conversation with Georginio Wijnaldum convinced both parties that the move was the right one.

Wijnaldum joined the Reds on Friday afternoon as he completed a £25 million move from Newcastle United.

He has signed a five-year deal at Anfield, becoming their seventh signing of the summer transfer window.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spotGeorginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

The move has been questioned by some, especially considering the number of players that Liverpool already have in the position he occupies.

But Klopp has insisted that his conversation with the Dutchman convinced them both that the move was the right one for all parties.

“I met him and it was good. He is quite an adult,” he told the club’s official website.

“He’s a real footballer and has a special kind of football smartness. We both felt pretty good after the talk. Before, it’s like one piece of the whole cake, but after this talk we were both convinced we wanted to do it.”

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his fourth in the win over NorwichGeorginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his fourth in the win over Norwich

It now remains to be seen how Liverpool plan to fit Wijnaldum into their line up next season.

He is arguably at his best playing behind the striker, but the Reds already have several players who want to play in that position.

Given the money they have paid for him it is unlikely he will be sitting on the bench and it will be interesting to see who drops out of the team to accommodate him.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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