Report explains why Liverpool signed Georginio Wijnaldum in 2016

A general view as fans arrive outside of Anfield during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on January 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool signed Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016.

Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is put under pressure by Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on...

According to The Times, Liverpool signed Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016 as they could not recruit Naby Keita from RB Salzburg.

It has been reported that Liverpool wanted to sign Keita from Salzburg in the summer of 2016.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool look on during a Liverpool training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid at NSC Olimpiyskiy...

However, the Premier League club failed in their endeavour, as the Guinea international midfielder had a long contract at Salzburg, who wanted to move him to RB Leipzig, according to The Times.

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The report has also claimed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recruited 27-year-old Netherlands international midfielder Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £35 million instead.

Naby Keita of RB Leipzig in action during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Napoli and RB Leipzig at the Stadio San Paolo on February 15, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

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Liverpool reached an agreement with Leipzig over the transfer of Keita last summer, and the 23-year-old midfielder will be at Anfield from the 2018-19 campaign onwards.

Keita was brilliant in the Bundesliga for the past two seasons, and the 23-year-old is one of the best young midfielders in Europe.

The arrival of the Guinea international at Anfield could make it tough for Wijnaldum to play regularly for Liverpool next season, as competition for places in the Reds’ midfield is fierce.

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