Liverpool have wrapped up the signing of Newcastle midfielder Giorgino Wijnaldum for £25m, with the Dutch international signing a five-year deal at Anfield.
The 25-year-old impressed on his debut season with relegated Newcastle last season scoring 11 goals in 38 appearances after signing from PSV Eindhoven for £14,5m last summer.
In a statement on liverpoolfc.com, Wijnaldum was delighted with his move to such a big club and can’t wait to get stuck in as he aims to impress his new manager Jurgen Klopp.
“I’m really excited because Liverpool is a big club with a great history,” said the Dutch midfielder.
“It was always a dream to play for as big a club as Liverpool. I always love to watch him (Klopp), his passion as a trainer, I like how he enjoys the game. He gives something back to the group so I look forward to working with him.”
Wijnaldum started his career with Feyenoord before moving to Eredivisie rivals PSV in 2011 where he scored 41 goals in 109 appearances winning the Dutch league title in 2015 in the process.
He was also named Dutch footballer of the year in the 2014-15 season and also had 30 international caps under his name, including being part of The Netherlands 2014 World Cup squad.
He becomes Liverpool’s sixth summer signing following Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Sadio Mane, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger in joining Klopp’s side for the new season.
Giorgino Wijnaldum really impressed in his debut season for Newcastle and although he could not help Rafa Benitez’s side beat the drop, it think Liverpool have got themselves a very good player.
He will offer versatility with the capability of playing in central midfield or a more attacking midfield role and can even play on the left-wing. I think Klopp will opt for him in a central role alongside Jordan Henderson, as they really lack quality in this area.
I do think he is more suited to an attacking midfield role but Liverpool have Philippe Coutinho is this area. He may just be a back-up but they have spent a lot of money on Wijnaldum just for him to be a back-up option.
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp has been busy in this market but their squad still doesn’t convince me that they can crack the top-four this season. Klopp still needs a few more new faces to make them top four challengers again.