By Harvey Byrne
New Liverpool signing Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that it was Jurgen Klopp’s personal touch which convinced him to reject Everton and make a £25million move to Anfield.
The Holland international revealed he snubbed Ronald Koeman’s attempt to lure him to Goodison Park.
The Liverpool Echo also claims that the Holland international snubbed Spurs’ offer of Champions League football.
Wijnaldum has revealed that a meeting with the Reds boss convinced him that Anfield was the place for him to move to this summer following Newcastle’s relegation.
“In that conversation he made me feel really good,” said Wijnaldum to the Liverpool Echo.
“He gave me a lot of confidence because he said he liked my way of playing football. He said I was a person he really wanted to have in his squad.
“Something like that is always good to hear. It made me happy, especially as it came from such a great trainer like Jurgen Klopp.
“He showed me how good he is at Dortmund with all the success he had. It’s always great when a trainer of that kind of ability says he needs you in his team.
“There was interest from Everton, but Liverpool had more interest. Jurgen gave me a good feeling in that conversation. Straight after that I had the feeling that I wanted to come to Liverpool.”
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.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Reds ace Joe Allen is set to undergo a Stoke medical on Monday after agreeing personal terms.