Liverpool have finally announced the signing of Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United.
— LFC Australia & NZ (@LFCANZ) July 22, 2016
The 25-year-old midfielder becomes Jurgen Klopp’s sixth signing of the summer, joining Joel Matip, Sadio Mane, Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger in moving to Anfield.
The Netherlands international spent one season at St James’ Park, impressing in the Premier League before his team’s relegation to the Championship.
Sky Sports suggested that Wijnaldum’s fee will be £25million, and that he has signed a five-year contract with Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp will be more than happy to add a proven goalscoring midfielder to his ranks as his squad continues to attempt to replace club legend Steven Gerrard, who left last summer.
Jordan Henderson had an injury-hit campaign last season, while others such as Lucas Leiva and Emre Can have always been struggling for consistency.
Wijnaldum, meanwhile, scored 13 goals and registered five assists for Newcastle in his first season in England.
With 13 goals in his first season from midfield, it’s fair to say Wijnaldum looks further forward on the pitch than he does backwards.
Despite being right-footed, he has been deployed on the left-hand side for Newcastle, where he started on the day he racked up four goals against Norwich.
He features alongside some stellar names for the Netherlands but plays an important role in midfield, doing the simple things and knowing his own strengths.
As he did at Newcastle, Wijnaldum has taken the vacant No 5 shirt – the last man to wear it for Liverpool was Daniel Agger.