Georginio Wijnaldum: I changed when I left Newcastle United

Georginio Wijnaldum says he’s a different player at Liverpool – thanks to Jurgen Klopp.

Thursday, 19th March 2020, 11:45 am
Georginio Wijnaldu celebrates a goal against Southampton.
Georginio Wijnaldu celebrates a goal against Southampton.

Wijnaldum had an attacking role during his year at Newcastle United – and scored four goals in one game.

The midfielder moved to Liverpool for £25million in the summer of 2016 following the club’s relegation – and the Holland international hasn’t looked back.

Klopp saw him as a defensive midfielder, and the Champions League winner believes he’s now an “all-rounder”.

“My development since I came to Liverpool has been good – I’ve become more of an all-round player.,” the 29-year-old told UEFA.

“I was used to playing in a very attacking role and only in attack. Since the World Cup with (Louis) van Gaal (in 2014), I’ve had a more controlling role in midfield, and that went well. After that, I didn’t play that role again, at PSV or Newcastle.

“When I spoke with Klopp, he saw me in a more defensive role, where I needed to be an all-rounder. It’s not always easy, as I’m used to attacking, but it has helped in my development. I’m a more complete player now than I was when I arrived.

"The manager has had a big influence on me. He’,s brought the club back to where it used to be and he brought his vision to the club. I have to say his vision fits the club.”

Wijanldum and his team-mates were close to securing the Premier League title when the Premier League was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.