Georginio Wijnaldum says it took him just one meeting with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to decide to move to Anfield last summer.
“We had one meeting, which was already convincing, and after that I was with my agent and I said: ‘Let’s see how serious they are,'” said Wijnaldum in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
“But we had a meeting on the Sunday and on the Monday they called my agent to make me an offer and they went to Newcastle to make the deal. So that already gave me a feeling that he [Klopp] really wants me in his team, and that was a great feeling.”
“Before we even had a conversation, he asked me: ‘Why were you sitting on the bench last season?’ because I had two games I was on the bench last season,” he said.
“I explained to him and said: ‘OK we can now have a conversation.’ We talked about football and how he wants to play, how he sees me in his team.
“And also that he can make me a much better player because he said: ‘You can develop much more than you have now.’
“I also had it in my head that I can be much better than right now and I had a feeling that he was the right man to help me with that.”
Despite seamlessly settling into life on Merseyside, Wijnaldum – who has started every Premier League matches so far for Liverpool, providing two assists along the way – still thinks he can improve certain aspects of his game.
“To be fair, I settled in quite quick, but I am not really happy with my own performances, because I know I can do better,” said the Dutchman who captained PSV Eindhoven at the age of just 22 while leading them to their first Eredivisie title for seven years.
“I will strive to do better. I am happy with our results and how I played, but not really happy as I know I can do better.