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Jurgen Klopp consulted Georginio Wijnaldum before Liverpool’s record-breaking Virgil van Dijk transfer

Jurgen Klopp consulted Georginio Wijnaldum before Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk
consulted before Liverpool signed (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp consulted Georginio Wijnaldum before sanctioning Liverpool’s record-breaking transfer transfer for Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk turned the costliest defender in historical past when he accomplished a £75million transfer to Liverpool from Southampton in 2018.

The 28-year-old justified his price-tag by serving to Liverpool win the Champions League and end second within the Premier League final season.

Wijnaldum arrived at Anfield again in 2016 however was consulted about his Netherlands team-mate Van Dijk before he even joined the giants.

‘Before I even joined Liverpool I had a meeting with Jurgen and during our talks he asked me about Virgil van Dijk,’ Wijnaldum mentioned.

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‘I had always rated Virgil very highly and my exact words to Jurgen were, ‘He is going to make the defence a lot better’.

‘So I used to be not shocked when Virgil gained the UEFA Best Player award forward of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I really anticipated him to win it.

‘Virgil has had a blinder of a season and has been so successful. Nothing about him surprises me any more.’

Wijnaldum spoke highly of his Netherlands team-mate
Wijnaldum spoke extremely of his Netherlands team-mate (Picture: Getty)

Wijnaldum, 28, didn’t begin Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final second leg in opposition to Barcelona final season and admits he has a love-hate relationship with Klopp.

‘With the manager, it is more or less hate and love,’ Wijnaldum added. ‘I’m certain he has the most effective pursuits at coronary heart with each participant within the squad.

‘But typically you’re so concerned in a match and the supervisor continues to be chasing you. Then you simply boil over typically – and, in my case, I do get indignant with him.

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‘I still don’t know if what occurred in opposition to Barcelona was his actual plan. But that evening I used to be so indignant and so disillusioned that he didn’t begin me.

‘Looking back, we can say things worked out all right. We will never know how it might have gone if the manager had started me.’

On Liverpool’s triumph in Europe, the Dutch midfielder mentioned: ‘Winning the Champions League has given us all peace of thoughts.

‘Now we know what it’s prefer to win the most important trophy of all of them – and we simply wish to preserve going from right here and add much more titles.’

Liverpool have gained all 4 of their Premier League matches thus far this season to emerge because the early frontrunners within the title race.

MORE: Jurgen Klopp reveals what he informed Philippe Coutinho about Bayern Munich transfer

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