Liverpool summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that a conversation with Jurgen Klopp convinced him to turn down opportunities from other Premier League clubs to join the Reds.
The 25-year-old left Newcastle to join the Merseyside club, a year after he joined the Tyneside club. He was signed by the Magpies from PSV Eindhoven and was their league's top scorer with 11 goals in the 2015/16 season.
Following Newcastle's relegation to the Championship, Wijnaldum decided to leave St James' Park in the summer transfer window. The Dutch international was attracting interest from Liverpool, their derby rivals Everton and north London side Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Mirror.
Wijnaldum admitted that he was wanted by Everton, who are managed by his compatriot Ronald Koeman. However, the versatile midfielder admitted that an opportunity to play under Klopp, who convinced him to join the Reds was sufficient for him to snub advances from other clubs to join Liverpool.
"In that conversation he made me feel really good. He gave me a lot of confidence because he said he liked my way of playing football. He said I was a person he really wanted to have in his squad," Wijnaldum told the Liverpool Echo.
"Something like that is always good to hear. It made me happy, especially as it came from such a great trainer like Jurgen Klopp.
"He showed how good he is at Dortmund with all the success he had. It's always great when a trainer of that kind of ability says he needs you in his team.
"There was interest from Everton but Liverpool had more interest. Jurgen gave me a good feeling in that conversation. Straight after that I had the feeling that I wanted to come to Liverpool.
"Of course Liverpool is a big club with a good history. Everyone knows that. But there had to be a match. He's in charge and if a great trainer like him wants you then it gives you more confidence to come to a club like this."