Liverpool Editorial

Gini Wijnaldum: The greatest Dutch midfielder to ever play for Liverpool

Describing Georginio Gregion Emile Wijnaldum in one word is very difficult knowing his past struggles and spirited display to prove himself.

Gini still remains on ‘the books of Liverpool’ despite his unfathomable struggles to get into Liverpool first team back in 2016- 2017.

Back then, Jurgen Klopp already had his tried and trusted lieutenants marshaling his midfield and defence. His trusted lieutenants- Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Emre Can or Oxlade Chamberlian- were just brilliant and far stronger than Wijnaldum who was then working extremely hard to adapt.

Adapting to Klopp’s high octane football meant the 29-year-old would’ve to think less about running into attacking channels to score goals and think more about closing down attackers from scoring.

He had to learn to harry, shove, tackle and above set up counter attacking moves whenever he gets the ball. The adaptation made him an All-Round-Player who could score and defend simultaneously.

Proving himself wasn’t easy though but the departure of Emre Can and then the 1-year injury to Oxlade Chamberlian gave him the opportunity to prove himself which he did with class.

Ever since, the dutch man haven’t looked back. Even the arrival of Fabinho and Naby Keita {who were signed to replace him failed}.

Wijnaldum’s main strength remains his tenacity, self confidence, good decision-making and above all, self improvement.

With Liverpool he has made 177 appearance scoring 22 goals with 15 assists. He will forever be remembered for his heroics at Anfield against Barcelona en-route to win his first ever Champions League trophy and Liverpool’s 6th.

Added to that, Wijnaldum will be remembered by all Liverpool fans as ‘The greatest dutch midfielder to play for the club’ and arguably the most inventive play maker.

What makes the Dutchman far better than any other midfielder at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp is that he scores or assists very important goals in the biggest games.

A trait not even the club’s captain or vice captain possess nor his dutch counter part Virgil van Dijk.

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