New Liverpool signing Georginio Wijnaldum says he’s willing to play anywhere in midfield depending on what manager Jurgen Klopp wants from him.
Wijnaldum, 25, had a good first season in the Premier League last season with Newcastle United, but when the Magpies were set for relegation down to the Championship, speculations began that the Dutchman wouldn’t follow the team down. Liverpool spent £23 million to bring him over to Merseyside, and Wijnaldum says he’s willing to play anywhere in midfield for the Reds.
“I can play in different positions and if I can do what I’m good at, score goals, show how good I can play football, then it’s OK with me,” Wijnaldum said.
He also revealed that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who were at Liverpool between 2004-2010, wanted him to stay.
“He only told me that it was a big club, but he wanted me to stay at Newcastle,” he said. “He said, ‘If there is not a good offer, you will stay at Newcastle,’ and that’s the only thing that he said. When they had an agreement about a transfer, he said ‘congratulations.'”
Wijnaldum also said that the training sessions with his new club are a lot different to Newcastle, and reminded him more about the type of training they do back in Holland.
“It’s not quite what I’m used to,” Wijnaldum said. “I was at Newcastle for a year and we were playing totally different,” Wijnaldum said. “We were playing on the counterattack so the training is different because you don’t train how we train right now. It’s different if you compare it to Newcastle, but if you compare it to the training in Holland, it’s quite similar.”