Liverpool signing lifts lid on why he chose to reject Tottenham

Georginio Wijnaldum explains how his transfer to Liverpool unfolded in the summer

Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed the reasons why he opted to join Liverpool ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.

Wijnaldum joined the Reds from Newcastle United in the summer transfer window as Jurgen Klopp bolstered his squad ahead of his first full season in charge at the club.

The Netherlands international has revealed that he held preliminary discussions with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino before he eventually opted to sign for Liverpool.

The player has explained how Klopp’s personal approach to their talks eventually ended up convincing him that a move to Merseyside was the right choice for him.

And the Liverpool new-boy has lifted the lid on how his transfer to Anfield unfolded in the summer.

Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Wijnaldum said: “I had great conversations with Pochettino and Klopp.

“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.”

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Liverpool have made a strong start to the season under new boss Klopp as they bid to break back into the top four this term.

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