Liverpool officially confirmed the signing of Newcastle United’s Georginio Wijnaldum for a £25 million fee, with fans largely optimistic about the new acquisition.
The Reds have announced a flurry of signings of late, with their latest acquisition — Netherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum — adding to the signatures of Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger from FC Augsburg in just the past week. The 25-year-old Dutchman became Klopp’s sixth acquisition of the summer as Liverpool prepare for the new season set to kick-start in under a month.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 22, 2016
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) July 22, 2016
It is understood Liverpool will pay an initial £23m fee with a further £2m in conditional add-ons. Wijnaldum joined Newcastle for £14.5m from Dutch side PSV in 2015, playing in all 38 of the club’s Premier League games last season and scoring 11 goals. Wijnaldum will join the Reds on their pre-season tour of America, where they will play Chelsea (27 July), AC Milan (30 July) and Roma (1 August).
Fans have had their reservations regarding Liverpool’s pursuit of the midfielder. However, the reaction to his arrival has been largely positive with many excited about what he could bring to the table for the Merseysiders. Some supporters also believe that despite his lack of consistency last season with Newcastle, he is bound to improve with a star-studded team around him at Liverpool and the guidance of a manager like Klopp.
Lallana, Coutinho, Ings, Sturrigde, Firmino, Origi, Mane, Ojo, Wijnaldum, Milner, Kent, Shamal George. Not bad that frontliners. #LFC
— ade fahlevy (@ade_lfc) July 23, 2016
Wijnaldum will link up with #LFC squad in California on Saturday. Likely to train for first time with Reds on Sunday.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 22, 2016
Wijnaldum turned down interest from Tottenham in favour of a move to Anfield. #lfc (James Pearce)
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) July 22, 2016
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 22, 2016
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 21, 2016
Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Mane, Ojo, Ings, Origi Sturridge are very impressive attacking options but we still need a new LB imo
— LFC News (@LFCTransferNRS) July 21, 2016
— LFCZA (@LFCZA) July 21, 2016
Hey #LFC fans, don’t whine about paying £25m for Wijnaldum when we get paid £15m for Ibe.
— Aakriti Mehrotra (@Aakriti1) July 20, 2016
Well done @LFC, you cause me a damn lot of stress and frustration but you’ve done well on the Wijnaldum deal boys!
— Indigo (@IndigoLFC) July 22, 2016
— Thabiso (@RedHipHopMONK1) July 23, 2016
Hopefully Wijnaldum’s arrival boosts Hendo’s game. He has no choice. Same with Can. Love the competition and depth in the team now. #LFC
— #8 (@KingBasu1) July 23, 2016
— Kiran Ragh (@krwarrier) July 23, 2016
Jurgen Klopp had his say on the Dutchman’s arrival whilst taking time off from training with the Liverpool squad in the USA.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 23, 2016
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed to @LFC .com that Wijnaldum will train with Liverpool tomorrow in the US.
— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) July 23, 2016
Meanwhile, the footballing fraternity also had words to say on Wijnaldum’s Liverpool switch.
— Ryan Babel (@Ryanbabel) July 21, 2016
Kuyt on Wijnaldum: “Klopp sees him as a nice player. He is not only a good player, but also a player with the lungs of a horse.” #lfc
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) July 22, 2016
Dirk Kuyt on Georginio Wijnaldum: “Best compliment was his name in my time at Liverpool buzzed inside the club.” pic.twitter.com/c3tQ3pAOA4
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 22, 2016
The player himself had messages to share on Instagram to both his new and former clubs after the move was made official.
To my New Liverpool family. I want to say how proud and excited I am to join this great football club here in this amazing City. The supporters at my former team Newcastle were incredible, now I am looking forward to playing in front of fans who's passion for the game is famous around the World. I am aware of the history and tradition of this club and the Legends who have gone before me in the Red Shirt. I make a promise to you the fans, the owners and my teammates and new Manager. To always give everything within me to honour the great tradition of this club and by doing so win trophies that we can celebrate together. Big love to all my new Red family both here and around The World. Georginio #5
With all my heart I want to thank every Newcastle fan for the support love and respect you showed me whilst at your great Club. I can understand some of you will be upset with me for leaving. I promise you though I did give my all for you. It does not sit well with me that we were relegated and I say sorry again for that. What I do know is that in Rafa Benitez the Club has a World Class Manager who I am confident will return you to The Premier League. I must also say a very big big thank you to the Board of the Club, they gave me my chance in The Premier League. The process of leaving a club who didn't need to sell me can be difficult, however the Club have been very understanding in allowing me to join Liverpool. Playing for your Club Newcastle has made me a stronger person and has educated me as a footballer. I take with me special memories of you the fans, the Club and the City. My family and I thank you for making us so welcome and we wish nothing but love and success for you. Georginio. #Newcastle United Championship Champions !