Liverpool have officially announced the capture of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United on a five-year deal.
The 25-year-old joins for a fee believed to be around £25million, having passed a medical at Melwood today.
Newcastle confirmed the transfer in an official statement on their website:
“Newcastle United can confirm the sale of Georginio Wijnaldum to Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
“The Dutch international midfielder joined the Magpies in July 2015 from PSV Eindhoven and made 40 appearances, scoring 11 goals, during his time on Tyneside.”
“We made it very clear at the beginning of the summer that we had no need to sell for financial reasons, despite relegation, and would only consider selling a player if it was in the best interests of the Club and the team,” said Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley.
“After discussions with Rafa it was felt that this particular deal was one such circumstance and would be in the best interests of both parties.
“Gini leaves with our very best wishes for his future career.”
The Dutch international will fly out to join the team in the USA for pre-season training and will wear the number five shirt for the Reds, as he did at Newcastle.
Wijnaldum told Liverpool’s official website: “I’m really excited because Liverpool is a big club with a great history and it’s always a dream to play for as big a club as Liverpool.”
Asked about the prospect of working with Klopp, he added: “A great man – from the outside – because I don’t know how he works yet and I have to work with him.
“I always love to watch him, his passion as a trainer, I like how he enjoys the game. He gives something back to the group, so I look forward to working with him.”
“I think he can be a great player for us. He has already shown some really good moments in his career but the most exciting and important thing for me and my staff is that there is still so much extra to come from him.
“When I talked to him I could tell that he knows we have to work together to get this level out of him.
“He has played a lot for his country already, been captain at a young age in Holland, and also been involved in a tough Premier League season, so this experience gives him a good foundation for the challenge here – which everybody knows is huge!
“He can play a few positions for us and players that come through the Dutch system usually have a good tactical understanding and flexibility. That’s really important.
“I can’t wait to get him on the training pitch and for the fans to see him play in a Liverpool shirt.”