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Wijnaldum Explains Why He Chose Liverpool Over Tottenham, Everton

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This past week, Jürgen Klopp emphasized the importance of bringing in players who actually want to play for the club. In signing midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle, he achieved just that.

The midfielder had reportedly considered signing with Tottenham and Everton before he met with Klopp. That conversation turned his attention to the Reds, as he bought into the long-term project, according to the Echo.

"In that conversation he made me feel really good," Wijnaldum said to the Echo. "He gave me a lot of confidence because he said he liked my way of playing football. He said I was a person he really wanted to have in his squad.

"Something like that is always good to hear. It made me happy, especially as it came from such a great trainer like Jurgen Klopp."

Still, Wijnaldum knows he'll have to work hard in order to be selected by Klopp in the starting eleven when the season begins.

"Everyone wants to play, we need to train well and then he will decide on the line up," he said. "For me it's good that I can play in more positions because that makes it easier for the coach and also easier to play.

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