By Alex Stevens
Georgino Wijnaldum has revealed that his best position is in the No10 role behind the main striker.
Jurgen Klopp has suggested the new Liverpool signing will be used in a variety of roles in the team next season because of his sound tactical understanding.
Intriguingly, in an interview last December, Wijnaldum said he can contribute goals from across the midfield but he is at his most effective in a central playmaker role.
This is the position in which Roberto Firmino predominantly played in his impressive first Liverpool season, while Philippe Coutinho was the first choice on the left of the three attacking midfielders and Adam Lallana was mainly used on the right.
The arrivals of Sadio Mane and Wijnaldum has now given Klopp a wealth of attacking options as he aims to increase the goal threat in his team.
“I like to score goals,” Wijnaldum told Sky Sports, as quoted by their website. “It is a quality of mine to score goals and create chances. I am always searching for goals, and creating chances, from any position.
“If I can choose where I want to play, it is in the middle, but if I am needed to play on the left or right hand side, then I will do it. If it helps the team, it is good for me.
“I can help the team most if I play in my perfect position, as I think I can score more goals.
“The manager is the boss, and if he wants me to play in a position to help the team, I will do it.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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 moved 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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