Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in history when he completed a £75million move to Liverpool from Southampton in 2018.
Wijnaldum arrived at Anfield back in 2016 but was consulted about his Netherlands team-mate Van Dijk before he even joined the Premier League giants.
Before I even joined Liverpool I had a meeting with Jurgen and during our talks he asked me about Virgil van Dijk, Wijnaldum said.
I had always rated Virgil very highly and my exact words to Jurgen were, He is going to make the defence a lot better.
So I was not surprised when Virgil won the UEFA Best Player award ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I actually expected him to win it.
Virgil has had a blinder of a season and has been so successful. Nothing about him surprises me any more.
Wijnaldum, 28, did not start Liverpools Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona last season and admits he has a love-hate relationship with Klopp.
With the manager, it is more or less hate and love, Wijnaldum added. I am sure he has the best interests at heart with every player in the squad.
But sometimes you are so involved in a match and the manager is still chasing you. Then you just boil over sometimes – and, in my case, I do get angry with him.
I still dont know if what happened against Barcelona was his real plan. But that night I was so angry and so disappointed that he did notRead More – Source