By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool’s new signing Georginio Wijnaldum has backed himself to score at least 10 goals for the club next season – because he creates so many chances.
The attacking midfielder joined the Reds from recently relegated Newcastle in a £25million move earlier this summer and he is keen to show fans of the Anfield club what he can do.
In his debut season in the Premier League, the Netherlands international scored 11 goals despite playing for a relegated team and he is looking for a similar goal return in a higher quality side.
“I think a player with my quality has to at least get a minimum of 10 a season. That’s what I have always said,” said Wijnaldum to Sky Sports.
“Sometimes you reach more, sometimes less, like last season I got 11. But because I create so many chances I have to score at least ten.
“The manager wants more goals but I also put pressure on myself to score, I do that everywhere.
“I did it at Feyenoord, I did it at PSV and I did it at Newcastle. I’m greedy to score and will do the same this season.
“It’s because I have the quality to get goals. I’ve the quality to create too and because I create a lot, I score goals.”
Wijnaldum moved to Newcastle last summer from PSV Eindhoven in a £14.5million deal, and quickly became the driving force behind the Magpies’ survival hopes.
The 25-year-old bagged 11 goals and five assists in 40 games last term, which saw his stock rise, despite the team’s poor performances on the field.
However, the versatile midfielder was unable to prevent the club from falling down to the second tier for the second time in seven years.
If Wijnaldum does reach his target next season, then he will match Liverpool’s top league goalscorer from last season which saw Roberto Firmino top the club’s charts with 10 goals.