By Harvey Byrne
Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed he joined Liverpool in the summer because Jurgen Klopp was more interested in his personal life.
The 25-year-old completed a £23million move to Anfield from relegated Newcastle in the summer.
The 36-time capped Holland international was highly sought-after and one interested party was fellow Premier League side Tottenham.
Wijnaldum revealed earlier in the year that he had held talks with Mauricio Pochettino at his house, but he has now spoken about why he joined Klopp’s team.
“I had great conversations with [Mauricio] Pochettino and Klopp,” said Wijnaldum to the Guardian. “But in the meeting with Jurgen 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 been ever-present in a successful Liverpool team, who are currently second in the Premier League table.
The attacker has featured in 13 fixtures for his team in all competitions, returning with one goal and three assists.
He will be expected to retain his place in his side’s midfield on Saturday, which will see Liverpool take on Sunderland at Anfield.
The Merseyside outfit will be looking for a win at home against a side who are sat in 19th place in the league table.
The two teams last met in February with goals from Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe resulting in a 2-2 draw.
However, the Reds are much improved this season and have won four of their last five matches in all competitions and will be looking to continue their impressive form.
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