EPL rivals missed out on Liverpool central midfielder before Reds signed him

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to join Tottenham Hotspur in order to finalise a move to Anfield side.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the Netherlands international revealed that he went as far as meeting Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to discuss a transfer to White Hart Lane as the two clubs prepare to meet on Saturday.

“I met Pochettino when I left Newcastle. I just felt Liverpool wanted to come to an agreement quickly. Tottenham have shown over the years the quality of their players and manager.”

He joined Liverpool back in 2016 in a deal worth a reported £25 million as a result of Newcastle United’s relegation from the EFL Championship.

Wijnaldum was a hit with the fans at the Magpies and it did not take long for the Reds fans to appreciate the player in a similar vein.

There were some question marks regarding of his future at the club this summer transfer window.

He was connected with moves to Turkey as a result of the arrivals of both Naby Keita and Fabinho, with concerns being raised about the level of playing time he would get this season.