Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says he’ll always be grateful for his time at Newcastle United.

The Dutch is in his second season at Anfield.

“It’s always a special game when you play against your previous club,” Wijnaldum told the Liverpool Echo.

“I was only one year at Newcastle but that time there meant a lot to me. I met some great people who helped me to play good games in the Premier League and it was because of them I got the move to Liverpool.

“I only worked with Rafa Benitez for a short time but he’s a great manager and he showed it from the first moment he came. He worked with the players and made us a better team. He’s a good person, always trying to help players out.

“I will always appreciate what Newcastle did for me and be thankful that they gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. It’s going to be a really special game for me.”

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