Klopp reveals where Wijnaldum could play in Liverpool team
By Dominic Toner
Jurgen Klopp has suggested new signing Georginio Wijnaldum will be used in a variety of roles in the Liverpool team next season.
Wijnaldum, who was signed in a £25million deal on Friday, was one of the bright points in a dismal season for Newcastle last year, and was their top scorer with 11 goals in 38 appearances.
The Dutch midfielder was deployed in three different attacking midfield positions last term and his new manager Klopp is looking to exploit his versatility at Anfield.
“He can play a few positions for us and players that come through the Dutch system usually have a good tactical understanding and flexibility,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. “That’s really important. I can’t wait to get him on the training pitch and for the fans to see him play in a Liverpool shirt.”
Wijnaldum’s ability to cover several areas of the pitch could be useful for him to earn a starting place, competing for places with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana.
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Liverpool favourite and former Dutch international Dirk Kurt revealed that the Reds had been watching Wijnaldum since his playing days with the club between 2006-12.
Wijnaldum will become the seventh Dutchman to represent Liverpool following Sander Westerveld, Eric Meijer, Ryan Babel, Jan Kromkamp, Boudewijn Zenden and Kuyt.
A large number of Liverpool fans took to Twitter to express their delight about the capture of Wijnaldum who has joined on a five-year deal, and will wear the number five shirt
Wijnaldum first move to English football from PSV Eindhoven in July 2015. At PSV he hit an impressive 41 goals in 109 appearances, and captained them to the Eredivisie title in 2014/15 – their first title since 2008.
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