Georginio Wijnaldum explains how Jurgen Klopp's words gave him confidence

Newcastle United's Georginio Wijnaldum in action with Swansea's Angel Rangel

Wijnaldum is one of a number of new signings at Liverpool this summer.

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

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has said Jurgen Klopp filled him with confidence when the Reds boss told him he was the kind of player he needs in his side. 

Wijnaldum joined the Reds for around £25 million this summer from Newcastle United and made his first bow in a Liverpool shirt when they faced AC Milan on their tour of the United States. The Dutchman played in a more conventional central midfield role in the first half of a 2-0 win over the Serie A side.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Wijnaldum told the Liverpool Echo: “The manager told me I am a player he needs in his team and that I have the quality he likes. That gave me a good feeling and confidence. There are a lot of big players in the world and he said that to me.

“He is intense, yes. But you have to be because the way we want to play is intense and you have to be fit."

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

It will be interesting to just see how Wijnaldum fits into the Liverpool side throughout the course of the season, given that he played in a pretty advanced role for Newcastle last term and managed to score 11 goals in the league, but one of the reasons for signing the player is thought to be because he is versatile.

His pace allows him to play in a wider role should he wish to do so, his goal return shows he can play in an advanced role, while he has operated in a deeper role for his country.

In the same piece, he touched on his goal return and is targeting double figures again, which seems necessary for the Reds as they could do with goals from different areas of the team rather than just relying on their forwards and Philippe Coutinho.

There is plenty of competition for places in the Liverpool side but one would expect Wijnaldum to get his fair share of game time, and the chances are he will not always be playing in the same role. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp looks on during the warm up

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