Georginio Wijnaldum believes he has become a better player since joining Liverpool.

The Dutchman joined Liverpool from Newcastle United in 2016 as an attacking midfielder, but has since moved deeper in his role at Anfield.

Speaking to UEFA, Wijnaldum believes he has developed his game greatly under Jurgen Klopp.

He said, “My development since I came to Liverpool has been good. I have become more of an all-round player.

“I was used to playing in a very attacking role and only in attack. Since the World Cup with van Gaal, I have had a more controlling role in midfield and that went well. After that, I didn’t play that role again, at PSV or Newcastle.

“When I spoke with Klopp, he saw me in a more defensive role, where I needed to be an all-rounder. It’s not always easy as I am used to attacking, but it has helped in my development. I am a more complete player now than I was when I arrived.

“The manager has had a big influence on me. He has brought the club back to where it used to be and he brought his vision to the club, and I have to say his vision fits the club.

“The players adore him, of course, because he cares about the players and he is a good coach, a coach who improves his players and he is a great person to work with.

“We have also had a lot of personal conversations and he has become a really important person to me. He knows a lot of things about me that other coaches don’t know. We have a really good player-coach relationship, as well as on a personal level. He is an important person to me in general.”

Wijnaldum remains an attacking midfielder in the Dutch national team, but has won the Champions League with Liverpool and is set to lift the Premier League this season.




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