Georginio Wijnaldum has credited Jurgen Klopp for making him a more complete player since joining the club in the summer of 2016.
Speaking to UEFA via Liverpool’s official website, the 29-year-old midfielder praised the German head coach for helping him with his development as a player as Wijnaldum has evolved into one of the Reds’ most important clogs in the midfield, with the Dutch international playing over 3,000 minutes this season alone.
The former Newcastle United star has remained one of Liverpool’s top performers this campaign, with Wijnaldum putting on a star performance in this month’s 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and the central midfielder claimed that Klopp is the main reason he has developed into the player he is today.
Wijnaldum said about his development at Liverpool: “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 (Louis) van Gaal (in 2014), 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”
Klopp’s development of certain players in the Liverpool squad has been remarkable, to say the least, yet Wijnaldum’s might be one of the German manager’s best success stories given that the midfielder arrived from a club that had been relegated the season before and has since flourished into one of the club’s most important stars.
Wijnaldum has proven time and again to be a great asset for Liverpool since arriving in 2016, and with a year remaining on his current contract, supporters will be hoping the Dutch international puts pen-to-paper on a new deal.