New signing sends Liverpool fans into confusion

The Philadelphia Union acquired left-back Giliano Wijnaldum — the little brother of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum — as a discovery signing on Thursday.

Reds fans could be excused for going into a frenzy after believing one of their top performers had defected in the January transfer window — to an MLS club.

The defender previously played for Union sporting director Earnie Stewart when the former U.S. international held the same position at AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands.

“We’re pleased to welcome Giliano to Philadelphia Union and are excited about the talent he adds to our defensive corps,” Stewart said in a statement. “As a young player who I have worked with before in the Netherlands, I know firsthand the potential he brings to our club. We are eager to integrate him within the squad and believe he has a bright future with the Union.”

Wijnaldum is, of course, the younger brother of in-form Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who surely isn’t making a move to the MLS any time soon.

That said, a Liverpool fan glancing over the news could easily have been fooled into believing one of the all time bizarre player signings had taken place.

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