Liverpool summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum has told the Guardian that the fact Jurgen Klopp asked him about his personal life more than Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, was the deciding factor behind his move to Anfield.
Both Liverpool and Tottenham had wanted to sign Wijnaldum from Newcastle last summer, and they went head to head for the midfielder.
The Dutch international has revealed that he had conversations with both Klopp and Pochettino, and after holding the discussions he felt that a move to Merseyside was right for him.
“I had great conversations with [Mauricio] Pochettino and Klopp,” Wijnaldum said. “But in the meeting with Jürgen we had a laugh and did not speak only about football.
"He was interested in my personal life and that was good for me. He was not only interested in Wijnaldum the footballer but Wijnaldum the person. When you’re not out on the football field you have to communicate as people and it is good if you know something about how the other person is. It makes things easier.”
Wijnaldum has gone on to make a positive initial impression at Liverpool, although he is yet to become a permanent member of Klopp’s starting line-up.
The 26-year-old has played a rotational role at Anfield so far, but he could be in line to start against Sunderland in the Reds’ next match at the weekend.
Tottenham, meanwhile, ended up signing Wijnaldum’s former Newcastle teammate Moussa Sissoko, to try and add quality to their midfield ranks.
Sissoko has not made as good a start at White Hart Lane as Wijnaldum has done at Liverpool, with the French midfielder putting in a series of under par performances so far.