Georginio Wijnaldum, or ‘Gini’, as we’re likely to refer to him from now on, is expected to finalise his transfer to Liverpool in a matter of hours rather than days – if Sky Sports reports are to be believed.
The Newcastle man will become the seventh Dutchman to represent Liverpool following Sander Westerveld, Eric Meijer, Ryan Babel, Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt and Boudewijn Zenden, once the £25m signing is announced.
Liverpool’s most successful Dutchman, Kuyt, has had some very nice things to say about the midfielder, too.
“(It is) a wonderful transfer for Gini. The best compliment for him was that his name in my time at Liverpool buzzed inside the club,” he told the Echo.
“He was watched by the scouts already in his youth days at Feyenoord as a very great talent. When I played for Liverpool, I heard them frequently say that he would be a wonderful asset one day.
“He eventually ended up at PSV and Newcastle, before moving to Anfield. He is now at a top club in England and he’ll be at home.”
“Led by Klopp, Liverpool want to go way up again. I myself have been at the semi-finals in the Europa League and then I noticed that something is growing.
“Klopp sees Gini as a nice player. I know him well, he also did well in Brazil.
“He is not only a good player, but also a player with the lungs of a horse.”
If we’d have snared Wijnaldum while he was in Holland he would have arrived far cheaper, but it’s probably beneficial that he’s had a year in England to adapt to the Premier League.
He found out the hard way how difficult our competition can be; relegated with a strong (on paper) Newcastle side, but now he’ll face the demands of a team aiming for the top four.
Technically and physically Wijnaldum has it all, and at 25, he’s entering his peak. It’s now up to him to show Liverpool fans what he can do consistently, as it was his failure to turn up when they needed him most that frustrated Newcastle supporters so much.
What’s certain though is his ability. We think Klopp will get him showing it more regularly.