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Going into the season the likeable Dutchman seemed to be one of those most under threat by the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita, yet he was our best midfielder in the opening months. By some distance.

 

His start to the season was fantastic. He had a little dip in the middle (actually 'dip' might be overstating it to be fair) but he came back strong again and he was almost superhuman in that Barcelona game. 

 

He’s such a clever, versatile footballer. He's been brilliant whenever he has had to play as a number six and this time last year that was a position I thought he might settle down into. Then we bought Fabinho, and the impact made by the Brazilian in the second part of the season means we're unlikely to see Wijnaldum there much in the future. He'll probably be the one to fill in for Fabinho now though, with Henderson finally released from those shackles and allowed to run free again.

 

The thing Klopp seems to love most about Wijnaldum is that he’s so tactically aware he can be deployed virtually anywhere and will carry out his manager’s instructions to the letter. He was even asked to fill in for Bobby in the Nou Camp, a move that surprised everyone, including Wijnaldum himself.

 

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In some ways Gini is a lot like Milner (and even Hendo, to a degree). On paper you look at all the players vying for those midfield positions and think “he’s not going to get too much playing time”. Then at the end of the season you look and he’s got 35 starts or something. Managers love players like them a lot more than the internet does.

 

 

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I honestly don’t think we’ve had a footballer as good as him in tight spaces with opposition players all around him.  It’s not always as flashy as that Barcelona piece but it’s just as impressive.  As you put he’s pretty much impossible to get the ball off.  It was only last season I realised how small he is.  I just assumed he was 5’10 - 5’11 and I think it comes from just how strong he is on the ball.  I bet you he’s got that rock climber physique about him.

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Another one of the signings who I was underwhelmed with. He was second choice after Zielinski if I remember and for 25 million, I was not happy . Klopp and him have proved I know fuck all about football

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1 hour ago, The Guest said:

I honestly don’t think we’ve had a footballer as good as him in tight spaces with opposition players all around him.  It’s not always as flashy as that Barcelona piece but it’s just as impressive.  As you put he’s pretty much impossible to get the ball off.  It was only last season I realised how small he is.  I just assumed he was 5’10 - 5’11 and I think it comes from just how strong he is on the ball.  I bet you he’s got that rock climber physique about him.

Spot on. I love him for it because in tight games, he gets us out of trouble time and again.

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“He’s also the owner of arguably the most beautiful face in football, and he unquestionably has the best smile.”

 

Dave knows.

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He's one of the best midfielders in the world in my opinion. He gets underrated because he doesn't provide many goals or assists, but neither did Iniesta or Busquets. He keeps it simple. He calms us down. He's a metronome for us to get a hold in the game whenever our midfield is overrun. Positionally I think barre Van Dijk he's the most intelligent in the team. As others have said, he's virtually impossible to dispossess. Love him.

 

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Spot on report that just like the others , I had it in my head that it was Fabinho who took out 3 Barca players in the 2nd leg and couldn't understand why it didn't come up in his report yesterday,  keep up the good work Dave 

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1 hour ago, Tj hooker said:

Spot on report that just like the others , I had it in my head that it was Fabinho who took out 3 Barca players in the 2nd leg and couldn't understand why it didn't come up in his report yesterday,  keep up the good work Dave 

He did too. Seconds before the end he had three of them off and Messi fouled him.

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Anyone else notice him having a tear up with one of the back room team in Madrid ? Just as they were all in line to collect their medals ...he looked like a man possessed .

 

That turn against Barca will live with me for a long time ...was perfect

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1 hour ago, Gav said:

Anyone else notice him having a tear up with one of the back room team in Madrid ? Just as they were all in line to collect their medals ...he looked like a man possessed .

 

That turn against Barca will live with me for a long time ...was perfect

He's excellent. We've now got a team of absolute monsters. Great times ahead. 

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Gini does the simple things incredibly well and he's proved himself a man for the big occasion. In these respects Gini reminds me very much of a previous incumbant of that red number 5 shirt, Ronnie Whelan.

 

Wjinaldum was our best midfielder last season imo, certainly the most consistent but I think it's fair to say that he should create and score more, and hopefully next season he'll kick on and do just that.

 

Would also like to see him have more confidence in his left peg, one of my frustrations with him is that at times he likes to hang onto the ball a bit too long, preferring to work it onto his right than hit a simple ball with his left.

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1 hour ago, Carvalho Diablo said:

Gini does the simple things incredibly well and he's proved himself a man for the big occasion. In these respects Gini reminds me very much of a previous incumbant of that red number 5 shirt, Ronnie Whelan.

 

Wjinaldum was our best midfielder last season imo, certainly the most consistent but I think it's fair to say that he should create and score more, and hopefully next season he'll kick on and do just that.

 

Would also like to see him have more confidence in his left peg, one of my frustrations with him is that at times he likes to hang onto the ball a bit too long, preferring to work it onto his right than hit a simple ball with his left.

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13 hours ago, Butch said:

He's excellent. We've now got a team of absolute monsters. Great times ahead. 

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I find it difficult to name the "best" midfield as they all compliment each other (whichever system we're playing) and bring out the best in one another.

Now if we could just get a few more goals from midfield (especially) away we could become even more difficult to beat.

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His performance as a more defensive-minded midfielder looked even more impressive given that his natural position is AM. 

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4 minutes ago, viRdjil said:

His performance as a more defensive-minded midfielder looked even more impressive given that his natural position is AM. 

You and your natural positions.  

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